Blog > CACEE's Response to Racial Violence
CACEE is a national community of practice. We represent post-secondary career educators and employers. We support students in their transition from their post-secondary studies to their careers.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is one of the competencies comprising our association’s competency framework. This developmental and operational guidepost for our professional community is not just a “value statement” or about performance. These competencies are to be lived out - in our thoughts, actions, learning, representation, and voices.
We renounce any form racism. We are standing in solidarity with our CACEE colleagues and the Black community as protests and voices are galvanized around the globe. Black Lives Matter. “No justice. No peace.” The call is being heard, it is being amplified, and we commit to heeding it.
We recognize and acknowledge as an association that there is much work still to be done. We commit to doing it.
Canada is not immune to systemic inequities, racism, and hate. Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), members of our LGBT2Q+ community, women, persons with disabilities, and global talent (including our international students) have countless examples of micro-aggressions, (un)conscious bias, mistreatment, discrimination, and brutality.
While the conversation about and condemnation of these uncomfortable and painful realities has begun within the CACEE community – further action is needed. Complacency or resting on laurels is not an option.
What can CACEE members do to live out our commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion? How can we commit to being an ally?
See and recognize what makes us unique.
Educate ourselves and others.
Be conscious of language and practice.
Empower and amplify voices.
Create and foster inclusive and safe spaces - particularly for career education and on-campus recruitment.
Call out racism, hate, injustice, and inequity.
Acknowledge and recognize mistakes. Do better.
Unite and uphold community.
Recognize your own privilege. Use it to enact change.
Act when called.
Together, we can learn from one another, use our voice, leverage our competency, promote healing, and ensure social justice is not simply a philosophy that underpins our work (and, our world) but a reality for all.