Dear Natural Sciences Community,
As scientists, we spend our time searching for truth and understanding. However, there is no understanding the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, and all people impacted by police brutality and racist violence. These acts are horrific and unacceptable. It needs to stop – now. I and the College of Natural Sciences stand in solidarity with our Black and African American communities who have been and continue to be victims of systemic racism.
Systemic injustices require systemic change. It will take everyone to do this important work. I encourage each of us, myself included, to take time to educate ourselves. The resources found on the Office of the Vice President for Diversity website are a good starting point. Following and participating in the Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative is another way we can begin the process of systemic change. Each day we should ask ourselves “What can I do to make things better?” and then acting on the answer you find, you will be part of the change needed.
Now is the time for us to be guided by our Principles of Community. It is our responsibility to affirm our intolerance for hate, bias, and racism. We must advocate for an equitable and respectful environment for all our CSU community to effect peaceful change in our world.
For those of you who have experienced bias, or need support right now, there are a number of resources available:
To echo the sentiment and powerful words of President McConnell and the staff in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity: We see you and we are here for you. Our hearts are with you. Our words and actions are with you.
Janice L. Nerger, Dean
College of Natural Sciences
Colorado State University