Dear College of Health and Human Sciences Community,
As a community, we are saddened and angered by the horrific killing of George Floyd last week. 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 are heartbroken for those who have died and endured racist incidents. Please also read the excellent statement issued by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity – Black Rams Matter: A Note of Solidarity.
While we know words are not enough, we want to acknowledge the pain, anguish, and outrage of our Black and African American community members as well as our entire community, which has manifested itself in days of protests in Colorado and across the U.S., and has spread to other countries around the globe. While we cannot alleviate your pain, we affirm to you, our CSU communities of color, that we promise to listen to you and to be here for you. We will work to challenge systems of inequity and advocate for social justice for our marginalized communities.
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 – we see you, we stand with you, and our hearts go out to you. You matter.
Lise Youngblade, Dean