NCFR Members Called to Address Racism and Social Inequalities

George Floyd memorial
The George Floyd memorial site in Minneapolis. Photo: Lorie Shaull

The NCFR Board of Directors challenged its members to actively listen, reflect, and take action in a pair of statements that bookended the summer of 2020.

In response to the death of George Floyd in late May, the board urged its members "to confront and dismantle White supremacy in all areas where we work. It must be addressed in our research, teaching and practice, within the systems of which we are a part (e.g. education, health, family services, government, and other organizations), and within ourselves." Read full statement.

In August, out of concern for an unequal disease burden shouldered by racial and ethnic minoritized communities by the COVID-19 pandemic, the board called upon its members "to reduce systemic and structural inequalities and advance equitable laws, policies, and practices ... that promote and protect the health and well-being of all families.Read full statement.

The board hosted two member listening sessions at the end of the summer with the purposes of making NCFR a more anti-racist, socially just organization, and learning how NCFR can help its members address systemic racism in their work settings.

In September, the board launched the NCFR Student Access Grant to redress systemic racism. The grant supported 1 year of NCFR membership and registration fees for the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference for students from historically marginalized racial or ethnic populations.

In December, all 3 of NCFR's scholarly journals announced a series of special issues to promote anti-racist family scholarship. The call for papers seeks racial and social justice-centered family theory, practice, and research that challenge and revise dominant cultural perspectives, approaches, and interpretations related to families and communities.

We look forward to reporting on more of these calls to action in 2021!