College of Liberal Arts

Take a Stand for Black Lives

Black Lives Matter

Statement released on June 1, 2020

Dear College of Liberal Arts Community,

All of us have been closely following the events in the last week with troubled hearts, and by now many of you have read the message from Interim President Jay Hartzell, but we wanted to reach out personally to share the College’s perspective.

We are horrified and condemn in the strongest terms the recent acts of violence against the African American community and all communities of color, and we stand in solidarity with the peaceful protestors who are demanding justice.

Those who study the liberal arts understand that these acts are not isolated incidents but are connected to a long history of inequity, evident not only in cases of police violence but also in the disproportionate burdens borne by people of color in the COVID-19 pandemic and in other health-related issues.

Although we are encouraged by the acts of kindness and unity we have seen in the midst of this turmoil, we also understand the anger, grief, frustration and fear experienced by our African American students, faculty and staff. We deeply value you and the contributions you make to our shared community and the world, and want you to know that we are here to support you, now and in the years to come, including action-oriented steps that are being developed by the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan Task Force. Please know that you can contact Dr. Pikus directly with your thoughts and concerns.

The faculty, staff and students in our College are uniquely poised to address complex issues, including these inequities. We encourage you to use your expertise and experience to help create a more just and cohesive society.

Sincerely,

Ann Stevens
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Monique Pikus
Director of Diversity and Organizational Climate

Other University Statements:
Interim President Jay Hartzell
Coalition of Diversity and Inclusion Officers, University of Texas at Austin

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