S​​​​​​​ome resources for antiracism and inclusivity in Classics

There are many efforts under way across the field of Classics to confront the longtime and damaging exclusion of underrepresented groups, especially Black and other people of color, from the field. The department is eager to support all our students and to be part of the long-overdue remedy for historical wrongs. We list here some resources that can help our students pursue their goals, and that can help unite our entire community in a commitment to justice and principled scholarship.

As this work and the conversations about it are ongoing, this is only a starting point, but every site listed here (and described using the organizers’ own words) points to further resources. We welcome suggestions for additions (write to classics@wustl.edu).

 

Professional development resources:

The Mountaintop Coalition, a group of students and scholars of the ancient Mediterranean world and its reception with a shared interest in advancing the professional goals of Classicists who identify as members of ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the field.

Classics and Social Justice, a group of scholars creating a dialogue about how Classicists and their students are using Classics, texts, traditions, and receptions, to address problems of inequality.

A collection of antiracism resources from the Society for Classical Studies, the principal professional organization for classicists across North America.

A fuller list of organizations that support diversity and inclusion in Classics is maintained by the Mountaintop Coalition’s page.

 

Reading and reflection:

Eidolon, an online publication with the slogan “Classics without fragility.” Essays and posts that open the discipline up to voices of all kinds at all levels, and that concern the ancient and modern world, pedagogy, pop culture, “culture only classicists care about,” issues in the field, and occasional whimsy.

Pharos: Doing Justice to the Classics, a collaborative project that documents and critiques misappropriations of Classics by contemporary hate groups.

Classics at the Intersections, one Classics professor’s blog about ancient Greek and Roman culture and contemporary America.

 

Financial support:

Two groups that provide microgrants for students from working-class and historically looted communities: The Sportula, which supports study and work in Classics, and The Black Trowel Collective, which focuses on archaeology.

The William Sanders Scarborough Fund, a new scholarship program for students from underrepresented groups created by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and named after a pathbreaking African-American classicist of the 19th-early 20th c.

The Frank M. Snowden Jr. Undergraduate Scholarship, a summer scholarship in Classics or archaeology for students from historically underrepresented groups across North America, run by the Society for Classical Studies and named for a renowned African-American classicist who had a long career at Howard University.

The Rudolph Masciantonio CAMWS Diversity Award, a cash award for undergraduate and graduate students whom the profession or life circumstances or  societal structures have limited in their access to the study of our field, named for a long-time champion of effective, imaginative, and humane teaching for all students.

 

Resources at Washington University:

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports and advocates for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, collaborates with campus and community partners, and promotes dialogue and social change to cultivate and foster a supportive campus climate for students of all backgrounds, cultures, and identities.

Washington University in St. Louis supports the rights of enrolled students to a full and equal educational opportunity and, in compliance with federal, state, and local requirements, is committed to reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities. Disabled students for whom accommodations may be necessary must be registered with, and provide their instructors official notification through, WUSTL’s Disability Resources. For more information contact Disability Resources at 314.935.5970 or disabilityresources@wustl.edu.

The University has a process through which students, faculty, staff, and community members who have experienced or witnessed incidents of bias, prejudice, or discrimination against a student can report their experiences to the University’s Bias Report and Support System (BRSS) team.