Bravo, Framingham State faculty. Bravo.
No matter how FSU’s Black Lives Matter teach in turned out, one could never accuse the faculty-led educational event of being unambitious.
With 90 professors teaching 145 courses over the span of this week, the Black Lives Matter teach in could have easily devolved into an unorganized – albeit well intentioned – mess.
Thankfully, we at The Gatepost can say with confidence that this teach in has been an unabashed success.
Numerous Gatepost editors attended multiple participating classes this week, and the general consensus is that the event has lived up to the hype. Teach in co-organizer and FSU professor Virginia Rutter prove to be clairvoyant several weeks ago when she promised that the event would transform the entire campus into a classroom.
The ease and excitement with which professors were able to connect their classes to the Black Lives Matter movement proves just how relevant and influential the movement is.
We had our reservations about how certain disciplines – physics and biology, for example – would connect to the most important social movement in recent American history.
However, these FSU professors – due to their love of teaching and a passion for social justice – found ingenious ways to thread the Black Lives Matter movement into their curriculums.
One concern we at The Gatepost had about the teach in was what the student response would be.
However, Gatepost reporters discovered that students were appreciative and excited to have an opportunity to attend this University’s Black Lives Matter teach-in.
It’s one thing to be told that “black lives matter” – it’s another to be taught how those lives have positively, with profundity, impacted every possible facet of our American culture – be it science, mathematics, literature, film, fashion and anthropology.
Furthermore, several students remarked to Gatepost editors throughout the week that the only reason they felt comfortable discussing such a controversial topic as racism was due to the safe environment established in their classrooms by professors they have grown to know and trust serving as mediators.
Most surprising was hearing from several students who said they wished FSU would host more teach ins in the future.
It would appear FSU does have a politically engaged, socially conscious student body. However, many students seem to need a push in the right direction, and, gauging by the success of the Black Lives Matter teach in, that push has to come from their professors.
We at The Gatepost knew the success of the Black Lives Matter teach in at FSU would depend entirely upon the commitment of our professors.
However, we were never once concerned about the dedication of our faculty.
After all, if there is one bragging right this University has, it’s the intelligent and compassionate army of academics it has assembled over the years.
While a week-long teach in exploring the importance of black lives is a crucial start, we at The Gatepost echo the sentiment shared by several of our fellow students we interviewed over the course of this week – let the end of this event be just a beginning.
Not an end.