Resources Available for Terps Seeking Support, More Inclusive Environment
Amid a nationwide wave of protest over the killings of unarmed African Americans by police and others, campus leaders have called for a more inclusive, respectful and supportive environment, and provided a list of campus resources and opportunities to increase equity and seek community.
Student leaders and administration officials sent the following email to the campus community last night.
Dear University of Maryland community,
We are grieving the killing of George Floyd, McKinsley Lincoln, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop and Ahmaud Arbery, and all who came before.
We are deeply concerned about insufficient police accountability across the country, systemic racism, and the social, economic and health inequities that have led to protests born of despair, anger and hope. We support the many peaceful demonstrations for justice across the United States.
We acknowledge that we have our own painful history at UMD, which includes the tragic murder of Lt. Richard Collins III.
The University System of Maryland (USM) chancellor and all the presidents of USM institutions recently stated publicly: "We acknowledge with one voice the structural racism that’s taking the lives of our fellow citizens, and we stand in solidarity as we speak out against racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, discrimination against our LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities, religious intolerance, and bigotry of any kind."
Our university must be even more committed to creating a more inclusive, respectful and supportive environment, and follow up with actions that will help shape a more just and equitable campus community and society.
We would like to inform students, staff and faculty of the following campus opportunities, and invite your participation as a step toward taking action:
In community and solidarity,
Dan Alpert, Student Government Association, President
Annie Rappeport, Graduate Student Government, President
Laura Dugan, University Senate, Chair
Wallace D. Loh, President
Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost
Carlo Colella, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Georgina Dodge, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Damon Evans, Director of Athletics
Jeffrey K. Hollingsworth, Vice President for Information Technology
Jackie Lewis, Vice President for University Relations
Laurie E. Locascio, Vice President for Research
Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs
Mike Poterala, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
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