Responding to Hate - Antiracist Resources

Let us come together to mourn, to reflect, to understand, to act.

This space has been developed in support of the protests sparked by the deaths of George FloydAhmaud ArberyTony McDadeBreonna Taylor and to open up conversation and education to advance anti-racist culture and practices on our campus and beyond. If you wish to suggest additional resources, please send it to communications@cooper.edu.


Messages from Leadership

A Mid-Semester Message  -- From President Sparks, November 16

Cabinet Response to Collective Student Letter -- From the cabinet, June 29

School of Art Response to Collective Student Letter -- From the deans and members of the faculty and staff of The School of Art, June 25

Juneteeth at Cooper - A Day of Celebration, Observance, and Reflection -- Laura Sparks, president, June 18, 2020

Letter from the Deans -- Nader Tehrani & Haley Eber, deans, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, June 16, 2020

Message to the Cooper Engineering Community -- Barry Shoop, dean of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, June 15, 2020

Response to the Letter from Students -- Laura Sparks, president, June 12, 2020

A Statement on the Protests of Spring 2020 -- the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 5

Message to the Cooper Engineering Community -- From the deans of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering, June 2

Letter to the School of Art Community -- From the deans and members of the faculty and staff of The School of Art, June 1

A Message from the Dean of Students -- Chris Chamberlin, dean of students, June 1

A Call for Reflection, Understanding, and Action -- Laura Sparks, president, June 1

A Message from the Architecture Dean -- Nader Tehrani, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, May 30


Resources

Self-Care
First and foremost – take care of yourselves and each other. Here are some links to resources that may be helpful. 

Safety and Support at Protests and Demonstrations
Many have reached out for support should they choose to attend protests and demonstrations. Here are some resources including how to get support if they find themselves under arrest as a result of participating in a protest and demonstrations.

Here are some resources you may wish to explore:

 

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.