This evening, we learned of the verdict in the trial of the police officer who took George Floyd’s life through an act of police brutality, shocking for its inhumanity. While nothing can ease the pain of the senseless loss of Mr. Floyd, we hope the decision by the jury to hold Mr. Floyd’s killer accountable and to bring justice for his killing provides some comfort to his family, friends, and loved ones. For our country, we hope this will mark the beginning of a healing process and be a catalyst for systemic change.
Through George Floyd’s killing, as a nation, as a University, as individuals we have been – once again – confronted with the ugly reality of anti-Black violence. The truth is that our system of justice is unjust for far too many people in this country simply because of the color of their skin. Despite the outcome of this trial, that truth will not change. These injustices continue to deprive too many individuals of their full humanity and, indeed, their very lives.
This is a turning point in our national reckoning. We must not only name the victims of these violent acts. We must also name the underlying, pervasive impact of systemic racism and acknowledge that racism exists everywhere, including on our own campus. The work to build a more just society and a more just university community is far from complete. We must redouble our commitment.
So, too, must we acknowledge the fear, anger, and grief that many BIPOC members of our community are feeling. We absolutely understand that words alone cannot address this pain and heartache. We support you and we stand in solidarity with you.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Multicultural and First Generation Student Support will offer processing spaces for students, faculty, and staff. Details about this, as well as other opportunities to engage and support one another, will follow.
Signed in unity by members of the Clark University Leadership Team,
Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Associate Provost
Director, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Vice President for Planning and Strategic Initiatives
Interim Dean of Students, Associate Provost
Chair of the Faculty
Dean of the School of Management
Vice President of Government and Community Affairs
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Vice President for University Advancement
Dean of the College, Associate Provost
Dean of the Faculty, Associate Provost
Vice President of Information Technology and CIO
Dean of the School of Professional Studies, Associate Provost
Title IX Coordinator
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid
Director of Presidential Support