Antiracism and the McKeen Center

The McKeen Center acknowledges that there is no version of the common good that exists without the recognition of and active work to end the oppression, marginalization, and active threats to Black, Indigenous, and all people of color that exist in all areas of American life. 

We recognize that racism exists in the structures of higher education. The McKeen Center is actively taking steps to implement antiracist practices in the department and build intentional antiracism components into our programs. These steps include but are not limited to:

  • auditing all of our programs to examine where racist policies or practices may currently exist; 
  • revising the McKeen Center's learning goals to include antiracism;
  • identifying and building relationships with organizations doing antiracism work in local communities; 
  • hiring an Antiracism McKeen Fellow to assist staff in this work;
  • forming a staff committee who meet frequently to touch base on our goals and move them forward.

We are dedicated to providing space, resources, and support to all members of the Bowdoin community in our collective commitment to the work of antiracism and dismantling white supremacist systems. We welcome your feedback throughout this process. You may share your thoughts with the McKeen Center directly via this link. All responses will be anonymous, though you are free to include your name and contact information if you would like a staff member to follow up. We welcome any thoughts, information, and/or suggestions from current students, alumni, community partners, and/or anyone else who has engaged with the McKeen Center over the years. 

If you have experienced an act of bias (as defined by Bowdoin below), you may submit a Bias Incident Report through the Campus and Community Index. Learn more about the College's Bias Incident Response Protocol here.

An act of bias includes hate speech and/or threats (including those conveyed through graffiti),and unequal treatment or service. It may also include actions that reinforce stereotypes and stigmas, such as those associated with race, color, ethnicity, social class, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, and physical and mental disability, among others. An act of bias can occur whether an act is intentional or unintentional. Speech and related actions in the service of academic freedom and intellectual discourse do not constitute acts of bias.