TPSE Math stands in solidarity with those protesting the systemic racism that has plagued our nation since its founding. The brutal killings of George Floyd and so many others by law enforcement officers have unleashed a torrent of emotions that we must now channel into fundamental change in our society, including change in the policies and practices of academia and, in particular, mathematics.
TPSE Math was formed to serve as a catalyst for change in our discipline, including significantly greater inclusion and embrace of Blacks and other historically underserved groups. For too long, too many in our community have acted as if addressing the lack of diversity in the mathematics profession was the special responsibility of those groups poorly represented within it. Indeed, it has fallen to the HBCUs and professional associations, including the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM), to be the primary sources of much of the diversity that now exists in mathematics-dependent professions.
As an organization, we pledge to learn from—and work more closely with—these pioneering institutions and organizations. Furthermore, in keeping with TPSE’s founding purpose, we pledge to identify the most promising practices for addressing the underrepresentation of minority and racialized communities in mathematics, to facilitate the emulation or adaptation of these practices, and to spur innovation aimed at creating a more inclusive and diverse community of mathematicians.
As individuals, we vow to redouble our personal efforts to dismantle systems of injustice wherever they exist within our institutions of higher education, our mathematics departments, and our classrooms.