This is indeed a bittersweet moment for so many in our campus community, especially our Black community. True, George Floyd did receive a measure of justice, but the events of May 25, 2020 should never have happened. Derek Chauvin may have killed Mr. Floyd, but an entrenched system of racist ideas and assumptions acted as his accomplice.
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I am writing to share my outrage, grief and sadness at yet another episode of violence that we heard about on March 16, the hateful killing of eight people in the Atlanta area, at least six of whom were Asian or Asian American women. I want to express my condolences to the families and communities impacted by this vile event.
We hope you have had a successful start to the new year, despite the challenges posed by the strife in our country and the continued suffering caused by the pandemic. In advance of the spring quarter time schedule being posted this Friday, we are writing to share the plans for the Tacoma campus this spring, as well as our intent to return to in-person instruction this fall.
This week we celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We honor his legacy during a time that has felt so uncertain and heavy for so many in our communities. The armed violent insurrection that took place in Washington D.C. has brought great pain, fear, anguish, and condemnation of the terror that was wrought on our nation’s capital. This moment in time compels us to renew our commitment to complete Dr. King’s unfinished work which is to end long-standing forms of racial and economic injustice and all forms of violence that uphold white supremacy.
As the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Capitol and its horrific effects began to set in, my heart and spirit grew even sadder and wearier. However, I quickly came to realize that I could not let these feelings of despair overwhelm me. I am more than ever emboldened to stand strong against these acts and everything they represent.
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