Hello and welcome!
The Loyola History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) is responding to the call to serve our community by launching “Knowledge for Change.” Our objective is to create a high-quality, curated list of materials that will help the Loyola community work together in pursuit of creating a more just, equitable society. We want to focus on unlearning the conventional narrative of American history that many of us were taught, which prioritizes and glorifies white Americans at the expense of the experiences, voices, and stories of African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrant groups.
We recognize that the conversation cannot stop with simply compiling resources, and we hope that this project will become a starting point for starting crucial conversations within and beyond our university community. By offering our historical skills to collect and provide resources to our community members, we aim to prepare students and other Loyolans to confront issues of racism on our campus and in the broader world now and in the future. “Knowledge for Change” is the HGSA’s answer to the call to serve echoing across our campus and our country. We are offering our expertise and taking ownership of our role on campus and as future professionals in the history field to affect change and growth. We hope that these resources inspire, prepare, and empower students to confront these issues in the broader world now and in the future.
To stay up to date with the project, follow HGSA on Twitter (@LUC_HGSA) & the Lakefront Historian (@LakefrontHist)! If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding “Knowledge for Change,” please reach out to Rachel Madden (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Erin Witt (email@example.com).
Thank you for joining us on this journey!
“We have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.”
bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress.