My academic division chair asked me for advice on these "profoundly difficult moments" here's what I said, I hope this can apply to departments outside of CS, larger academia, and greater US
6/2/2020


 1) Acknowledge deep racial injustices this country has had to endure, which still are ever present today, and condemn racism of any form but especially towards Black and African-American communities and that it has no place [insert university/department here] 

2) Acknowledge that Black and African-American students may feel an abundance of mixed emotions and that the [insert university/department] would like to offer support in any way possible 

3) Acknowledge the privilege [insert department] and many of its members of faculty, staff, and students have to find these events as a "difficult moment", when to the Black students it is not a "moment" but instead a brief glimpse into our perpetual fight for equity 

4) Take a stand against returning to normalcy or the status quo, not pertaining to the violence that we have seen but pertaining to a passive stand against racism and inequities. 

5) Mandate faculty reading and discussion of recent reports regarding the current state of computing [insert field] such as the Computing Research Association Taulbee Survey, which sheds light on diversity statistics, less than 1% of PhDs were awarded in CS to Black or African-American students in 2019, and what tangible efforts the[insert university/department] is doing to help increase diversity 

6) Go above and beyond to recruit new faculty of color and graduate students of color and I mean really recruit them, one Black faculty member is not enough, although better than most departments recognize that it places excessive amounts of pressure on this faculty member to speak for all Black students and their experiences etc, if [insert department] wants to really stand out and emerge better from these incidents it will require extra efforts. Ask yourself what are things you'd like to see in a recruiting visit, that would push you over the edge? In my experience I chose to come to Clemson, because out of all the places I applied to, I felt extremely welcomed.

7) Donate to and promote computing groups that support diversity, equity, and inclusion, and highly encourage students and faculty to apply and attend events. Yes, even non people of color but specifically White students and faculty, so as to understand different perspectives.

A few groups are listed below:

Institute for African-American Mentoring and Computing     Sciences (IAAMCS)

CRA  
Graduate      Cohort Workshop for Underrepresented Minorities and Persons with      Disabilities CRA-URMD  Graduate      Cohort Workshop for Women (CRA-W)  Distributed Research Experiences for      Undergraduates (DREU)  

Tapia Conference National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

ACM Capital Region Celebration of Women     in Computing (CAPWIC)

Grace Hopper Conference