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Black Lives Matter

Dear TCU Community,

The pandemic has brought on a unique set of challenges for our society, communities, schools, and homes. It has highlighted not only a national health concern but also a plethora of systemic inequities in our health, education, and economic systems. The current state of the nation also reflects what black and brown people have long known; progress on matters of racism, systemic oppression, and privilege has been extremely slow and largely unsatisfying.

The killing of George Floyd has brought attention to a challenge that we have seen far too often and for too long. The violence, murder, and systemic racism that has routinely attacked the Black community are still prevalent.

There are students, faculty, and staff who have been hurting in our community. The recent deaths of more black citizens have only exacerbated the longstanding issue of repeated misconduct from police officers who abuse their power and authority. The onslaught of divisive responses and commentary in response to such action has further caused harm.

We honor the legacies of black men and women who have been killed and say their names: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and far too many more.

It is not enough to say that we hear you; it is not enough to say that we understand you; it is not enough to say that we will do better.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is deeply committed to promoting a campus environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Therefore, we remain committed to our continuous assessment of institutional culture and identifying areas of needs and concerns that need to be addressed through campus-wide initiatives, programming and other educational opportunities.

As members of the TCU community, each of us has a responsibility to uphold our values and mission as we interact across all dimensions of identity. In order to fulfill this responsibility, we strongly encourage you to commit to the following:

  • Engage in independent learning about diverse individuals and communities
  • Act with civility and respect in our classrooms and community
  • Encourage and support diverse perspectives and opinions
  • Reflect critically and meaningfully on personal decisions, thoughts, and opinions

It is our collective duty to hold each other accountable. We cannot diminish these responsibilities if we want to succeed at fulfilling this commitment. Black lives matter not only in our nation but also in our classrooms and on our campuses.

We must forever reinforce … Black. Lives. Matter.

Sincerely,

Office of Diversity and Inclusion