Jerry Schnoor and Greg Carmichael | June 10, 2020
As a research center dedicated to scientific inquiry, we realize academic pursuits are only possible in a system that respects all people and exemplifies social justice. In wake of the tragic killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others, we cannot continue business as usual. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, against police brutality, and with all the victims of systemic racism and violence. We realize there is much work to be done right here within our center and institution to end past silence and to become a part of the solution. Every person of color must have the social, economic, and political power to thrive. Today we pledge to be a part of that dialogue and the change which must inevitably occur.
On Wednesday, global academic and stem communities shut down across the world in solidarity with all people working to eradicate anti-Black racism. Here is a link to that effort. https://www.shutdownstem.com/