Black Lives Matter.
Racism against Black people has lasted for far too long. MICA decries the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black men and women—beloved mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and colleagues—going back to the founding of this country.
Yet as a predominately white institution with a discriminatory history of its own, MICA can never truly feel the oppression, inequity, and brutality sowed by hundreds of years of systemic racism in our country. In facing that, we have learned that we must do more than stand in support. We must listen, and we must act.
There is no one thing MICA can do to help right the structural wrongs or racism in our community and in our country. It will take more than one effort or initiative, forum or fundraiser to achieve those aspirations. The Baltimore Racial Justice Fund (BRJF) is just one step in a very long journey.
As part of the fund MICA will match contributions made by our faculty, staff, and students to the specified nonprofit charity of their choice— up to $15,000 total. The BRJF has been structured this way to empower the community to choose, themselves, which anti-Black racism charities will receive support from the fund. Matching funds will be provided promptly on a first-come-first-matched basis.
Employees & Students
Faculty, staff, and students who are employed by/enrolled at MICA as of June 1, 2020 are eligible to participate. Each participating employee/student may request one match, per person, with a minimum contribution of $25 and a maximum of $1000. MICA will donate to the same organization as the donor’s direct gift, equaling a 1:1 match, if it meets MICA's matching fund requirements.