Dear College of Education Community,
The senseless killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have wrought pain and anger on black Americans. There is no place for racism and violence in our society or in our college.
We must respond by making it clear that we will not tolerate racism or violence in any form and by anyone in our college community. We must also help healing begin by standing in solidarity with our students, staff, and faculty who are grieving.
We can only demonstrate solidarity through sustained action. We have engaged with the hard work of redressing the history of racial exclusion in Oregon. We have recruited Black and African-American faculty, staff, and students with notable success in the past half-dozen years. These new colleagues and peers are quickly becoming leaders in the college and university, and our alumni are bringing a commitment to social justice to their new careers and communities. We need to recommit ourselves to this work in order to become a model of inclusion, mutual respect, tolerance.
I ask all of us to stand together in solidarity with our African-American community and work together to achieve our common goals of justice and equality.
Dean and Professor