November 2, 2020 – 10:30am PST
Today, I’m excited to share the launch of the Cognella Author Spotlight Series! In June, we pledged to assemble a collection of Cognella titles to highlight our remarkable Black authors across the disciplines—but we thought we could do better than a list.
The Cognella Author Spotlight Series provides our authors with a platform to talk about their Cognella titles, their unique experiences in academia, and their important research within their area of expertise.
We’re kicking off this interview series with a dedicated focus on elevating the voices of our Black authors and promoting their work and research. As this webpage grows, it will not only showcase critical works by Black authors, but also insightful information about these individuals’ significant contributions to their institutions, students, their discipline, and the greater academic community.
Check out our very first Author Spotlight with Gwenelle Styles O’Neal, a professor in the Graduate Department of Social Work at West Chester University and the author of From Oppression to Inclusion: Social Workers Advancing Change: https://cognella.com/gwenelle-styles-oneal/
September 8, 2020 – 2pm PDT
Since announcing our plans in June to support the Black community, we’ve been collaborating internally to set a number of initiatives in motion. Today, I’m excited to share an update, as well as a very personal and powerful art project we’ve been working on.
Update: Donations to Organizations in Support of the Black Community
In June, I initiated a challenge wherein I promised to match Cognella teammates’ donations to nonprofits in support of Black causes, including Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and many others. I’m proud to announce that during the month of June, our team donated a total of approximately $3,500 to the following nonprofits:
- Black Lives Matter Global Network
- Equal Justice Initiative
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- North County African Women’s Association
- Okra Project
- Social Justice Learning Institute
- The Blue Heart Foundation
- Black Girls Run
- Black Visions Collective
- Black Women’s Health Imperative
- Campaign Zero
- Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce
- National Bail Out – Free Black Mamas
- The Loveland Foundation
- Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
- United Negro College Fund
Black Lives Matter Art Project
During our internal conversations at Cognella regarding systemic racism, racial inequality, and police brutality, one thing became very clear. Cognella team members wanted a dedicated space where they could make personal statements in support of the Black community, as well as the authors of color with whom we regularly collaborate.
We invited Cognella team members to submit statements about how they intend to support the Black community and our authors, personally or professionally. Senior Graphic Designer Emely Villavicencio paired these statements with photographs she took at #BlackLivesMatter protests and events in San Diego, fashioning them into a powerful, interactive art piece.
To view the interactive art piece, please visit: https://cognella.com/cognella-statement-against-racism/blm-art-project/
For the best viewing results, we recommend visiting this webpage on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.