It's hard to believe it is already Friday; this week has certainly been chaotic. While dealing with the challenges of a pandemic that may be entering a second wave soon, we've all had to process a great deal of emotion over the death of George Floyd and anger over the ongoing injustice against the Black community. As I said earlier this week, our mission to serve California can never fully come to fruition if Black Americans and other historically victimized groups continue to suffer hatred and bias. Easy enough to say, but what does that mean going forward?
This week, the most important action was to quickly make it clear where we stood on the situation and offer emotional support to our colleagues and communities...
On behalf of Senate Chair Bhavnani, please read the attached statement from the Academic Council and join the UC community in honoring George Floyd and other victims of police murder and brutality with a minute of silence and reflection at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, June 4. The time was selected because it is the time that George Floyd's memorial service is scheduled to begin.
As the Council members aptly state, we must work to combat systemic oppression and to create an environment that is more inclusive of and welcoming to African Americans along with other historically victimized groups.