Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Statement on Racism toward AAPI

Since the beginning of the pandemic our country has witnessed an increase in violence, harassment, and hate targeting persons of Asian descent. The fatal shootings in Atlanta on March 16 were the latest in a series of violent attacks. These murders are also part of a longer history in the United States of discriminating against and stereotyping Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. The Byzantine Studies Association of North America categorically condemns acts of violence, hatred, and racism, and we stand in full support of our AAPI members, colleagues, and students who may face increased fear or anxiety because of such actions.

March 22, 2021

Statement on Black Lives Matter

The officers and board members of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America affirm that Black Lives Matter. We mourn the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and other victims of racism and white supremacy. We stand in solidarity with activists who are protesting police violence and systemic racism. We lament that our own field of study has been deployed to justify false narratives of white supremacy and western civilization. We believe that silence is complicity, that words without action are hollow, and we commit to battle against racism and white supremacy in our scholarship, teaching, and public engagement. We implore our members, colleagues, and partners to do the same.

June 7, 2020

Byzantinists of Color Fund

In an effort to combat systemic forms of racism and exclusion in our discipline, we establish the Byzantinists of Color Fund. The initial seed of $7,000 has more than doubled by member donations.

The fund will support travel, lodging, registration, and daily expenses at the BSC for people of color, with priority to graduate students, contingent faculty, and early-career / pre-tenure scholars, beginning in Cleveland 2021. Graduate student stipends will continue to be awarded as before.

Donate to the Byzantinists of Color Fund.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Benjamin Anderson, Cornell University
Roland Betancourt, University of California, Irvine
Fotini Kondyli, University of Virginia
Byron MacDougall, Brown University
Ruma N. Salhi, Northern Virginia Community College
Felege-Selam Yirga, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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