Hackergal’s Commitment to Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racism

There are no words to express the sadness and outrage we have felt from the hurtful events that have impacted Hackergal’s community, our nation, and our world. The recent events and resultant traumas have highlighted an institutional racism that persists throughout Canadian social systems and in the communities we serve. As we reflect on our commitment to educational equality, which has focused on ensuring girls have access to opportunities and careers in tech, we see an opportunity to increase our commitment to using our platform to promote anti-racism and to support Black, Indigenous and all People of Color in STEM. We are using this time to learn about and implement organizational and program evaluation practices that will allow us to be reflexive about the ways we are showing up as allies.

As a starting point, we have made the following commitments to increase our support of BIPOC communities and to continue building an inclusive organization that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve:

  • Implement inclusive outreach and recruitment strategies that consider the unique needs of Indigenous and Black communities
  • Ensure we have a diverse representation of students and participants across all programming and in our leadership structure
  • Enrich our programming and curriculum to reflect the perspectives and experiences of BIPOC communities
  • Celebrate Black and Indigenous role models, stories, voices, art, etc. in our curriculum
  • Continually improve our impact measurement strategies to understand and evaluate the diversity and inclusion within our organization.

To our community of students, educators, parents, and partners: We are committed to creating an organization that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive of people from all backgrounds. As an organization, we aim to reflect the communities in which we work and live in our board, leadership and team members. Addressing systemic barriers and undoing generations of harm takes time, and we are committed to engaging in open dialogues about the ways we can do better and move forward together.

We will continue working to practice and strengthen our allyship and stand with pride against all forms of racial injustice.

Standing proudly with you,

Lucy Ho
Founder and Executive Director

List of Anti-Racism Resources and Supports

Elementary Level Reading

by Lisbeth Kaiser

Pink Is for Boys
by Robb Pearlman

I Am Jazz Hardcover
by Jessica Herthe & Jazz Jennings l

All Are Welcome Hardcover
by Alexandra Penfold

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
by Vashti Harrison

by Jacqueline Woodson

A is for activist
by Innosanto Nagara

by Grace Byers

Intermediate Level Reading

by Mario Dane Bauer

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action And Do the Work
by Tiffany Jewell

21 Things you May Not Know About the Indian Act
by Bob Joseph (Grades 7 – 12)

This Place: 150 Years Retold
by David Robertson (Grade 9 and up)