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If you want to name the Superintendent’s residence after a Superintendent, it will still honor a white man continuing the lack of diversity of naming on the yard. I thought about this the other day when someone posted the story about the midshipman and his racist tweets into a FB group. From our different walks of life, and our common service, we humbly offer our grief, our anger, and our suggestions for change. What can we each do today, tomorrow, and or the rest of our lives no matter where we are and what position we hold? For me that humanity and its promise of resilience and change has emerged at unexpected times over the past three months. We are supposed to be better than this. And if we cannot learn, we cannot change and we cannot reshape America. Educate ourselves. But as we do it, we must embrace the discomfort. But we are all too familiar with being othered; of being pre-judged for who we are, rather than what we achieve, of being told to grow thicker-skin-it-was-just-a-joke. We partner, we co-author, we embrace and learn from others, and we humble ourselves. It’s like “Where’s Waldo?” come to life. Silence is concurrence. Work with NAMA and the Women’s SIG to determine which of our diverse graduates who have served our country with honor deserve their name on a building. No doubt. Your attitude and words will determine whether one of them reports harassment, bias, or any other of a myriad of problems they might be experiencing. The U.S. The U.S. Read broadly. The Clinical Assessment Preceptor (CAP) course or previously known as Alumni Clinical Education (ACE) workshop for SIMPLE programme is into its 8 th year running.. If POC and women aren’t attending your meetings, seek them out and find out why. I do not imply that CAPT Bethmann does not deserve the opportunity to rehabilitate nor that he does not deserve that personal support of his friends and family while he and his family work through this situation. This despite the Naval Academy classes consistently starting each class from 1971-1998 with 5.5% African American representation and consistently reaching 7% or above in African American officer accessions since that time. Racism is thus a standalone, spectacular event, and, by its very nature, easy to spot, like the girl ones. We listen and we educate… and we lead. Rear Adm. (ret) Edgar “Ed” Keats toured the rotunda at Bancroft Hall and then Memorial Hall, before arriving at King Hall where the entire … Say. If you don’t like the internet you can call Wreaths Across America directly toll-free – 1-877-385-9504. Our experiences are not steeped in the toxic brew of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial animus. The WordPress based sites have a very intuitive user interface for keeping the site up to date. Determining new names for these buildings reveals the enormity of the larger problem. The direct implication is that his personal journey and that of the institution to which WE belong to or come from are not one in the same, and there should be a public admonishment and consequences for his actions as a member of our/my Alumni Association. Would these same people excuse the behavior of a “nice guy” turned rapist? Explore them today. Use your credit card. Source: Youtube/USNA Alumni Association & Foundation 4,000 studetns attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis. What can the majority get away with that would destroy the career of a person of color or a woman? Done more. Shared Interest Groups Sites. In the week following CAPT Bethmann’s statements and in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, I am privileged to read testimonials from several Alumni from classes 2019 thru 1980 that highlight that the presence of racism and sexism were not and are not unknown to the leadership of USNA, and many of those same people are now and have been leaders in the Alumni Association. None of this is easy. We are supposed to be morally courageous, and that means speaking up, especially when you come from a place of power. Restoration of the Naval Academy Chapel has begun and this work requires the removal, and replacement, of all the copper that has adorned the building since 1928. From the Navy’s own numbers (found here and here), on 1 January 2019, 86% of Flag officers were white men. So here’s how we change. Until that cover isn’t thrown, until the crowd doesn’t cheer and instead actively stands against hatred and bias, until we all shoulder the burden of pushing for equity and inclusion, real change will stall and the status quo will triumph. In this submission, Jeannette Gaudry Haynie (USNA’98) recommends concrete steps that Alumni, Midshipmen and Leaders to address situational and systemic racism. Mentor our young men and women to see and combat systemic racism – it is a threat to our national security. Change requires more than platitudes. Today’s Academy is very diverse in its midshipmen corps. The Naval Academy Alumni Association can provide Board Approved SIGs that do not already have a web presence with a WordPress based site at no-cost as a tool in your SIG leadership toolbox. We cannot hide from this. The anger and shame rose to my face. Yes, some folks will chafe and cry unfair and claim that white straight men are having their rights denied. BIG racisms serve as touchstones, like the KKK or burning crosses, or the “n word,” it signifies something we can all come together and say is definitely racist. How many times did I injure or wrong someone because I hadn’t learned, hadn’t listened, had turned my back? Enculturating the idea that NOT saying something when a shipmate is victimized (even ‘jokes’) makes you culpable in the racist/sexist/homophobic slur. How can we as alumni effect positive change? If you are part of a local Alumni chapters, partner with local National Naval Officer Association Chapters, the Naval Academy Minority Association (NAMA), and the USNA Women’s SIG to identify and prepare minority and women candidates for the rigors of Academy life. Tell them you want the wreath delivered to United States Naval Academy Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland. Learn about our country’s problematic and often sordid history of racism. What opportunities are offered and what are denied to our brothers and sisters of color? Change requires individual and group action. Demanding professional behavior in the daily conduct of our business helps, but it is just a start. Is racism and sexism not as vile or life altering as rape? I hope that we have all been thinking about what we can do as individuals, and what we want from our institution. At USNA, this should be a cornerstone of “Don’t bilge your shipmate.”. Do it  to encourage the conversations that come with those changes. And that’s the point. USNA AA&F achieved a 143% return on investment in five years after implementing Blackbaud CRM, which provides them a new depth and richness of data. In this submission, Kate Glynn (USNA’98) recommends concrete steps that USNA and the Fleet should take to address systemic racism. While the Sisterhood of Mother B primarily focuses on stories of women in uniform, we recognize the intersectionality of this moment, and feel the need to respond in our own words. Deliberate staffing to ensure more minority leadership in the entry, discipline, promotion, (Admissions, disciplinary/academic boards at USNA) processes. Upon swiveling towards the voice, one generally finds tiny fingers pointed in their direction and smiling parents with cameras . Change requires institutional reflection followed by action. Seek knowledge and share it with our young people. My fellow Sisterhood members have shared concrete ideas for action, and other ideas are being discussed in the Women’s SIG and on the SAW pages. How are we as alumni supporting the mission? Updated Fri Dec 25 22:51:21 EST 2020. But in considering how to measure change, I can’t get past a story that I heard from one of our sister graduates from the 2000s about the Herndon climb. We must start with the understanding that racism is already present in whatever rooms we find ourselves and it is these, every day places (our kids’ schools, our wardrooms, our commands, etc) that require our attention and our action. Jada Elata is a graduate of USNA ‘03. My heart stopped when I read that. The goal of the US Naval Academy Women’s Shared Interest Group (USNA Women’s SIG) is to re-engage women and men with the US Naval Academy Alumni Association and each other while addressing issues of concern to women who have attended the US Naval … Make it part of the “Honor Courage Commitment” conversation. But we must also be open and willing to make mistakes – as we will – and learn from them. The diversity of our officer corps does not reflect the diversity of our enlisted sailors under 60% of whom are white and including almost 20% African American sailors. Deliberate staffing to ensure senior ranks include POCs (and more than a token few—I see no reason, for example, that one Battalion officer at USNA should not be female, one a PoC at all times). According to the Aspen Institute, It is a “system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity. With the country-wide awakening to and reckoning with ongoing racial injustice, we have daily examples of BIG racisms to gawk at and condemn. To stay the course, perhaps we should place a banner over the entrance to our work places, or a sticky on our bathroom mirrors, or a yard sign between our tulips that says “Racism lives here,” an ever present exhortation to refocus our gaze and attention, and most importantly, our actions, to the system that surrounds us. Don’t do it quietly. I have been happy to see a robust discussion among members  of the  USNA Women’s Shared Interest Group (SIG), and I have taken time to think hard about what I think it takes for USNA, Midshipmen and members of the Alumni Association at large to make lasting change. Would my classmates have cheered, sat quietly, or actively stopped the cheering? Additionally, they also publish the … Many of us know the gut-wrenching realization that our physical safety is not guaranteed, and our abusers act with impunity. But as someone who has agitated about “gender issues” for some time now, it energizes me to see the activity and the powerful, if at times clumsy, connections being made in the name of challenging racism and sexism. Naval Academy (USNA) hosted a 1935 academy graduate on the yard, Jan. 30, for a tour and birthday celebration. Official Name: United States Naval Academy (USNA) Founded: October 10, 1845 Location: Annapolis, Maryland Number of Midshipmen: Roughly 4,500 School Colors: Navy Blue and Gold Mascot: “Billy” the Goat Education: 4 years United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation USNA AA&F. While the universe of women graduates of USNA is apparently diverse in perspective and – shockingly – type A, the immediate explosion of dialogue, activity, planning, and leadership that followed was a beautiful thing to experience. The time is long past when we should have confronted racism at our institution. True change is rocky, painful, and humbling – and indeed this process is. Listen to them if they say they do not feel welcome, and then work to be more inclusive. A friend asked me this morning how I would measure success in addressing racism and sexism; how to judge when we’ve “arrived.” We will likely never arrive, since it will probably take America’s full lifetime to untangle racism from her institutions, her structures, and her people. Follow this blog to keep up with the latest with the Great Class of 1989 Having problems accessing the Alumni Association website to register? News page for USNA News Center at USNA.edu. More than anything, our hope is to build on this solidarity, recognize our own shortcomings, and learn to be better allies, leaders, and friends. Focus on ending bystander culture; case-studies, and serious conversations about institutional bias (for example: Are there statistics on discipline meted out to POCs vs. white Marines and Sailors?). We can do this again, and eventually (hopefully) the practice will no longer be required. We must continually ask ourselves “what are the policies, practices, and cultural norms that make up the scaffolding of institutional racism in this place where I am standing?” and then we must take action to root it out and reimagine our institutions. Simultaneously, a new Facebook group of Service Academy Women went from 0 to nearly 10,000 members in days – and the same conversations are happening on those pages. Chair fly your response. Reach out to friends. Tell them to use Location ID: MDUSNA01. Refused to shrink from uncomfortable confirmation of our own biases. While we should always teach and learn history as it occurred; it is time to take a look again at what and who is important to the development of our Academy and the Alumni Association. We will not pretend to have been blind to bigotry until this moment. #BeatArmy but #BeatRacismFirst. Leadership training (Luce Hall at USNA) focused on leading diverse troops: race, sexuality, gender, religion. E-MAIL ME DIRECTLY AT MY USNA ALUMNI CLASSMAIL ADDRESS, len.wass@1964.usna.com Chapter Officers - Please give this e-mail the widest possible distribution among your members and other alumni in your … The Amy Coopers, the Tom Austins, the husband and wife duos, the never ending march of daily encounters where everyday white people enforce a system of violent racial domination. It is not right to expect minorities to just be grateful for an opportunity because so few are given the option to partake in the honor of attending USNA. It makes me feel insensitive and stupid. What behavior, guilt by association, institutionalism, pride, etc leads so many alumni to come to his defense of being a “good guy” who has done so much “good” in his career and in his past to not be judged for this event? Scott Bethmann resigned from the US Naval Academy Alumni Association board after he accidentally streamed the conversation with his wife Nancy, according to a statement from the alumni … For those attending camp for the first time, welcome to Annapolis, MD and Navy Baseball. Certainly, the members of the Alumni Association and the Academy leadership can see that our organization is not just and fair for all of us. BIG racisms become a barometer for determining what is and isn’t racism. MD. I suspect we focus so much on the spectacle of BIG racisms because it is far easier to condemn a problem external to ourselves — one that we can easily see in someone else, say a “Karen” or a “Becky”- and thus,  distance ourselves from the problem that entangles us all. It means evaluating our conduct and honor system to ensure offenses are reported and adjudicated justly. Explore them today. Naval Academy Alumni Association awarded the 2016 Naval Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Award to three alumni in a ceremony before the Brigade of Midshipmen April 1 in Alumni Hall. 9,353 Followers, 99 Following, 982 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from USNA Alumni Association (@usnaalumni) Many a female midshipman walking through T-court at the Naval Academy has heard a childish voice loudly proclaiming “look, it’s a girl one!”. In this submission, Beth Ann (Thomas) Vann (USNA’98) asks hard questions and presents concrete steps that USNA and the Fleet should take to address systemic racism. Questions can be directed to the Reunion POC’s on the class blog here https://usna1980.blogspot.com. Case Study: United States Naval Academy . It’s time to live up to our core values. As one our founding Sisters pointed out, we are #sisterhoodsowhite, with no women of color among our core contributors and only one among our founders. How can we then stand idle in the face of centuries long discrimination our brothers and sisters of color endure, laid bare? The USNA Alumni Association Sponsors an Alumni Insurance Program. No one will do it for us. We use every lever we can find to force inclusion if we have to. To Normalize Minorities in leadership roles: Specific Changes to ensure POC aren’t disadvantaged today: There are so many ways to continue and strengthen your Naval Academy ties. If you insist that the way we’ve led and addressed equality and change must be the way we do it in the future, then you are part of the problem. But these times also offer flashes of promise and resilience. To that end, they selected Wisdom Share software to help connect its alumni base across all of … From 9am - 2pm the Alumni Association will host an Alumni Association/USNA Foundation Welcome Aboard picnic and expo on Sherman field at Hospital Point (Dahlgren Hall in inclement weather) where a relaxed atmosphere will allow you to interact with other parents and learn about the role of the Alumni … It will take deliberate action, not just good intentions. Make these choices intentionally to include the thoughts and perspectives of POC and women. Naval Academy Alumni Association noreen.frenaye@usna.com Premier World Discovery 877-953-8687 Sofia Travel 214-493-3027 Moments to rejoice in our shared humanity and to take inspiration from. It makes me feel like a horrible person. Looking at the Alumni Associations response to Capt Bethmann’s FB Live statements; Where is the apology, justice, and dignity for all the “Black Bitches in the office” and all the Chinese American and Female midshipman, sailors, and Marines who are taking over the Academy? More than anything, our hope is to build on this solidarity, recognize our own shortcomings, and learn to be better allies, leaders, and friends. Naval Academy Alumni Association as a Distinguished Graduate in 2000, ... we are going to create the first unofficial blog for the USNA class of 1994. And leaders speak up. When you know it is not okay. Explore United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation's 19,526 photos on Flickr! When beauty breaks through and shows the best of what we have to offer, we can find motivation to push and act and believe. What are we doing to retain those officers in the Fleet? And until that cover is not thrown down and is instead celebrated, our work will not be done. And while this story demonstrates sexism in action, I wondered about the many similar gestures that my brothers and sisters of color have experienced over the decades. With the opening of Hopper Hall and the shuffling of department locations, it is an appropriate time to rename Maury Hall. Our experiences are not steeped in the toxic brew of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial animus. And conversations are being led by women across the classes, from all backgrounds. Remove names that celebrate Confederates. Noreen Frenaye Director, Alumni Travel U.S. The USNA Arizona Parents' Club is your only source for the Class Crest Blanket. I can see the damage that continues to be done to people of varying races, genders, and sexual persuasions who valiantly raise their right hands to serve this great country and defend the constitution. We can listen to podcasts. The comments below the article condemned his actions and there was a lot of (justified) outrage and accompanying commentary,  but  the part that most intrigued me was that the anger never connected this individual issue to the systemic problems extant in the Academy and the Navy. We, the Midshipmen and Alumni, are as much the institution as the bricks of Stribling walk and the walls and windows of Bancroft Hall. The main purpose of this campaign is to produce pieces of memorabilia that our midshipmen, and alumni, could acquire to remember their service and time at the Academy. Glassdoor gives you an inside look at what it's like to work at U.S Naval Academy Alumni Association, including salaries, reviews, office photos, and more. The Superintendent’s Quarters have only had the name Buchanan House since 1976 so the cry “but Tradition,” rings hollow in my ears. Did I sit silently, ignorant and negligent, afraid to speak up because I wasn’t the target? Details to follow. Don’t check and see if it is okay with them. While the Sisterhood of Mother B primarily focuses on stories of women in uniform, we recognize the intersectionality of this moment, and feel the need to respond in our own words. Here in New Orleans, at the height of our lockdown, two priests rode around the city in the back of a run-down trailer for hours, wearing baseball caps and blasting Gregorian chants from a massive sound system… just to reach people of any belief structure and bless them. Why would we continue to celebrate men who failed this test? However, when the Civil War broke out, every sailor, soldier, and Marine had a choice to make – Loyalty to the Constitution or loyalty to their states and the institution of chattel slavery. This must be called out, highlighted, and discussed amongst us. Over the next week, we will be sharing our founding members’ responses to recent events. I WILL NOT GET IT. There will STILL be a chokepoint, since most elected officials granting nominations are not POC, so I have zero issues with quotas. By MCSN Brianna Jones The U.S. Over the week we will continue, we will be sharing our founding members’ responses to recent events. It will be a long, difficult process to undo 400 years worth of injustice and inequality. I believe many would have cheered, out of ignorance or out of hatred, while my female classmates and I sat quietly in agony. If you are experiencing some trouble accessing the reunion registration page at www.usna.com , the following should help: Change racist unit names (I belonged to the HS-6 Indians, aka the Screaming Redskins. Repeat it, again and again and again. Racism isn’t caused by a few people doing “abnormal” things; it *is* the norm. But change will take every one of us working in every way possible. Racism is a structural or systemic problem. We are, after all, an organization that calls regularly on men to be allies, to not stand by as our sisters are mistreated. This has to start at OCS/Plebe Summer/Boot Camp. I recommend this group for new parents to help get your bearings. The WordPress sites can be setup with the front page as blog-style posts or as a static page, both posts and pages are are part of the WordPress structure. This was considered the “PC” version of the squadron name, which used to be the HS-6 Indian Maidens with a buxom native girl as our mascot to match… So… Yah…). Tough bananas. Something. A deliberate effort like this was made when women were first allowed onto warships:  a female officer first, then female enlisted. Blog; Contact M&A; United States Naval Academy Home. There are 2,000 grave markers at the Naval Academy Cemetery. Rather than see this metal, and all the memories associated with it, go to waste, the U.S. Like pointing out the uniqueness of the girl ones and never linking that to a history of gender-based exclusion, we identify these acts as discrete, isolated examples of racism untethered from the roots of a larger system. This will strengthen our force and allow us to focus more intensely on defeating those who threaten our country and our way of life while in uniform and in support of those in uniform once we are no longer active duty. I would have felt punched in the gut watching it happen. Your Sailors and Marines are taking cues from you. Our institution is only truly strong and honorable if we hold each other accountable and live up to the values that we espouse. At the Naval Academy, that means determining how to find, recruit, prepare and grow those leaders. The video or photo is posted and we all gather together underneath to condemn the BIG racisms. Speaking up does not make any minority ungrateful, it demonstrates our investment in righting the ship. Drag to set position! Watch documentaries. Most importantly, we welcome you to your 1st experience at the historic United States Naval Academy! and Counting, 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award Medal Ceremony, Sisterhood is Support in Our Darkest Hour, Thoughts following the first Class of ’98 Women’s Brunch – September 2018, Sisterhood of Mother B Callout for Articles, Women for Navy Athletics Alumni Dinner 2018. He stared at the cover, looked down at himself and the crowd, and then threw it back down onto the ground. Then we hand up the cover of a classmate who doesn’t look like us. 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