The LOVE program developed a concept for a H.E.A.L.T.H. Lab (Health, Equity, Access, Literacy, Transformational, Hope) for the Arcadia community, and created the Instagram @HumansofHealthEquity page to bring the stories of health inequity to life as a way to increase awareness and inspire change.
LOVE did a deep dive into the history of the land and original ownership of Arcadia’s main campus. Proposals include: Update Arcadia Tour Script to include history of Cremona Morrey and add an art installation commemorating history of Arcadia Main Campus to bring more visibility to this history.
LOVE examined ways that access to sports limits equity within sports and proposed an equipment drive for the spring.
LOVE developed an informational brochure to inform the community about how workplace discrimination occurs, and how it can be spotted, interrupted and reported; the program also presented a scenario to bring the brochure information to life.
Open House attendees got to see a chilling display of the size and layout of a solitary confinement cell. This group conducted a letter-writing campaign on behalf of a man who has been assigned to solitary confinement for nearly four years for an infraction he didn’t commit. They also researched the inequities of the cash bail system and explored political pathways to ending it.
Using a storytelling process, this group explored the question, “What racially untrue truths did you learn in school?” Participants proposed revised curriculum to reflect the historical truth of marginalized communities (e.g., the Thanksgiving Myth), and to introduce awareness and understanding of race in early childhood education.
The LOVE Pilot Program’s final Act-Up of the semester, on Dec. 8, was a hybrid event that included an Open House in the Commons Great Room, as well as a virtual Zoom room for the sharing of insights, learning, and proposed antiracism actions the group has developed over the semester. More than 40 participants, nine affiliated courses and programs, and a dozen faculty and staff members gathered weekly to explore anti-racism through various lenses and perspectives, considering pathways of justice, service, increased awareness, and restoring truth to both our historical and current narratives about race. In this culminating event, these groups not only shared a powerful array of ideas and initiatives, but also the process and pitfalls they faced as well, including the conversations they needed to have to achieve group cohesion, and the profound impact it was for many to realize how much they didn’t know before they began their LOVE journey.
In spring 2022, LOVE will continue with a focus on bringing the initiatives generated over the past two semesters of working groups to fruition. This will give participants yet another angle of understanding of antiracism: How do we interrupt and dismantle the systems and structures that hold white supremacy in place?
The LOVE Pilot Program is open to the entire Arcadia community and is a place where students, staff, and faculty sit side-by-side to explore the ways that racism and inequity is embedded into so many systems and structures, and how to take actions that will dismantle these systems and lead to more justice and equity.
If you would like to join LOVE for the spring semester, please complete this form. LOVE is also an approved Global Connections Experience (GCE) and offers a Global Connections Reflection (GCR101) for those undergraduates who need to fill this requirement. Other opportunities to receive credit for participation as well as internship and fellow opportunities are also available.