Our Commitment to Justice
Dear Campus Community,
The killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, shocked America and took him from his family and friends. The University denounced and continues to denounce the racism and unjustified actions that led to his killing. We stand in solidarity with his family and friends and see the verdict today through the lens of justice. We will continue advocating for sweeping changes that will eliminate harm done to people of color in the routine exercise of policing our communities. Everyone who is committed to justice will join that cause.
Today’s verdict may begin to bring healing to George Floyd’s family and friends, and we are thinking of and praying for them. Our nation must seek common ground and build a better future by exposing the social and political forces that led to George Floyd’s death. We must ensure that this kind of appalling incident never happens again. We must insist that the legal system works for, not against, those who seek justice. Our institutions must live up to their promise that there is no hierarchy of human value.
As a diverse, inclusive, and unified community, we at UB are committed to doing better than we have in the past. We are creating a space where all can learn and teach without discrimination or fear. As educated members of society, we have a responsibility to make this a better world through our scholarship, advocacy, and community engagement. Let us continue the dialogue we have begun, continue taking steps to transform our community, and continue creating a more inclusive, more equitable, and safer world for all.
In these difficult times, we want to make members of our community aware of our support services. Counseling services are available to students by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty and staff may access UB’s Employee Assistance Program at www.HigherEdEAP.com. Our Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Diane Charles, can be reached at email@example.com.
We are one University and one family.
With greatest respect,