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UTSA leaders condemn acts of racial violence, call for social justice

UTSA leaders condemn acts of racial violence, call for social justice

MAY 30, 2020 — Leaders of The University of Texas at San Antonio, an institution that embraces its diversity and thrives in an environment of inclusiveness, today condemned the racial violence that continues to plague the country, most recently witnessed in the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

“The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are the latest in a long history of tragic events that make me feel that little progress has been made since the Civil Rights Act of 1964—56 years ago. This must change and we all must hold ourselves accountable and recognize the ongoing existence and devastating impact of bigotry, bias and inequality,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “Much work is needed across our nation and in all of our communities to address these injustices.”


“As a multicultural university committed to inclusive excellence, we can help our nation move forward.”



“As a multicultural university committed to inclusive excellence, we can help our nation move forward. I know that our students who are graduated each year have the vision, passion and courage to change the world,” added Eighmy.

UTSA students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend a virtual community gathering on Wednesday, June 3, from noon to 2 p.m. to share their thoughts and feelings about racial injustice and the most recent acts of violence. The gathering is sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice and the UTSA Office of Inclusive Excellence. 


Additional information on the community gathering is available at RowdyLink.
⇒ Learn more about the Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice at UTSA.
Read more about UTSA’s Office of Inclusive Excellence.

“In a civil society we are all responsible for justice and need to come together to support each other in our stand against racial inequities,” said Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Myron Anderson. “We must also continue to work together to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Roadrunners.” 

“Our newly restructured Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice and other Student Affairs departments are dedicated to working with the university community on enhancing and developing more programs and services that explore how to unlearn our collective biases,” added Dean of Students LT Robinson.



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UTSA’s Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA’s Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA’s Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

UTSA’S Destinations

UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

Our Commitment to Inclusivity

The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.