Dean’s Statement on Isenberg’s Commitment to Equity and Justice
June 02, 2020
Dear Isenberg Community,
I am struck with profound sadness as I write you today. As Chancellor Subbaswamy issued a statement to the larger campus community, I wanted our Isenberg community to know that we hear you and support you during this troubling time. I feel compelled to say something as I know silence is not the answer.
Many of us are still processing the pandemic, the transition to remote learning and work, and how it has impacted us individually and collectively. The pandemic has shed light on the various inequities that we are now forced to see and examine. Institutional racism is not something we, as a nation, have overcome. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others before them, are absolute tragedies and speak to a larger societal issue.
Be clear that any form of hate, bigotry, prejudice, and racism have absolutely no home in Isenberg. While we speak of diversity and inclusion in our mission and our vision, that is not enough. We must bring it to life in our work, our academic and curricular activities, and our everyday interactions. We, in Isenberg, must be dedicated to advancing equity and justice for all.
Lastly, if you need support or assistance during this time, please reach out to our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Alaina Macaulay (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time.