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As the BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences (FHSS), we join with President Worthen in expressing our deep sadness and indignation in response to continued acts of racial violence toward black Americans, such as the tragic murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

As a college of social sciences, we are uniquely responsible to educate ourselves and others on ways to identify and eradicate racist attitudes, behaviors, policies, and structures in order to improve the campus culture as we prepare our students to be thoughtful and principled citizens of the global community. We acknowledge our need and desire to improve—and express our resolute commitment to continue anti-racist efforts in our college. One example of this is the FHSS Diversity, Collaboration, and Inclusion committee that is working with a group of BYU faculty and students on a variety of initiatives that support our goal to nurture a Zion community—grounded in unity, mutual respect, and charity toward all. We strive for an environment where students, faculty, staff, and visitors are safe, included, respected, and welcome. As we move forward, knowing there is much to be done, we pray for guidance in these efforts and express gratitude for each of you who are working to “build bridges of understanding rather than creating walls of segregation” (President Russell M. Nelson, 2020).

We have been using the resources at the Equal Justice Initiative and by Victoria Alexander to educate and improve ourselves, and hope you may benefit from as well.

College and Department News

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As the United States gears up for the 2020 general election, a new study by sociology professor Jacob Rugh uncovers troubling new data about factors that could push down voting levels among Black Americans. Read More
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Through her analysis of former slaves’ narratives, Dr. Rebecca de Schweinitz showed that many saw freedom as a collective, family affair — and some even risked returning to slavery in order to free loved ones. Read More
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New research by psychology professor Dr. Rebecca Lundwall draws attention to a strong correlation between how much women camouflage autistic traits and the severity of their mental health concerns.  Read More
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School of Family Life Associate Professor Erin Holmes led research that shows the impact a workplace can have on a father’s ability to be warm and engaged with his children.  Read More
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