Message from Dean Youngblade
Dear College of Health and Human Sciences Community,
On May 25, the anniversary of the horrific killing of George Floyd, we pause to reflect and remember. This and the many recent acts of violence and hate against individuals of color around the country expose the systems that perpetuate racism, anti-Blackness, and bias in our society, and that are deeply rooted in our nation’s history.
As President McConnell wrote to the campus community, we at CSU are also engaging in these conversations in our role as a research University committed to the Principles of Community. I encourage you to read the essay published in the New York Times by CSU political science Associate Professor David McIvor, “May 25 Should be a Day of Mourning for George Floyd.” Today, we mourn, while at the same time holding hope in our hearts that events will lead to real and lasting change. Please also read the excellent statement issued by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity – Rise and remember George Floyd.
As a College, we are committed to principles of equity and inclusive excellence, and being allies to our faculty, staff, and students of color. Take a moment to learn how you can take action to ensure that our University environment remains welcoming for everyone to work and learn. I encourage you to read and utilize the resources on the Vice President for Diversity website. Subscribe to the Diversity Newsletter, and spend time in the “Educate Yourself” section to learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Follow the University planning for the Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative website and see how you can engage with it.
If you experience an act of bias, it is important that you report it using CSU’s Bias Reporting System.
To our Black and African American community – You matter.
Lise Youngblade, Dean
Statements of Solidarity Black Rams Matter
CSU President Joyce McConnell, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, along with Dean Lise Youngblade issued statements of support and solidarity for the Black and African American communities.