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Who we are and for what we stand

The following message was sent to UMN Morris students, faculty, and staff on June 2, 2020:

Students and colleagues,

Now more than ever I hope you are healthy, well, and safe. Like many of you, I am trying to process the events of the past week—which began with the killing of George Floyd—and find a way to express our shared grief. My heart is heavy, and words seem not enough to share. 

Many of us are hurting. Our neighbors, coworkers, and loved ones are hurting. Minnesota is hurting. I hear, see, and share that pain.

Last week President Gabel reminded us that “We have a responsibility to uphold our values and a duty to honor them.” Let us take this moment to remember who we are and for what we stand at the University of Minnesota Morris.

We know that the histories of our nation and of higher education are ones of inequity. We have worked hard at the University of Minnesota Morris to find a better way forward. We are proud of what we have built here—and we also know that we can do better. Inherent in our mission is the ongoing work of equity and inclusion. So we stand against intolerance. We stand against injustice. And we stand against systemic racism. If you would like to add your voice to our conversation, I invite you to do so here. Your responses will be shared with the working group charged with helping to move our campus community forward, as well as the vice chancellors and me.

If you are in need of support now or at any time, please seek out the following: 

Thank you for all you do to take care of one another, yourselves, and your communities. Please do what you can to be safe. Take best of care. And let us—individually and collectively—keep striving for a better, brighter, and equitable future.