Editor’s note: This message was sent today via email to all students, faculty and staff from President Taylor Eighmy, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Myron Anderson, Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise Bernard Arulanandam, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics Director Lisa Campos, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, Vice President for Information Management and Technology Kendra Ketchum, Interim Vice President for University Relations Rod McSherry, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar Mendez, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Karl Miller-Lugo, and Senior Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students LT Robinson:
JUNE 17, 2020 — This Friday, Juneteenth, we commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. In recognition of this historic event, we are writing to follow up on President Eighmy’s message earlier this month to share our next critical action steps around our equity and racial justice efforts.
First and most important, we are listening.
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and so many other Black Americans—together with the pandemic’s amplification of racial disparities—have made it clear that we have much to learn about the impact of systemic racism and much to do to achieve an equitable, just society for all.
Providing spaces and tools for processing, dialogue, input and self-education are all vital to deepening our understanding and positioning our institution and ourselves to create change. We have some outlets in place, with more in the works:
While we listen and learn, we are also taking next steps for action and change. These are just some of what we have planned:
This is just the beginning. Additional campuswide training on racial bias, antiracism and microaggressions will be announced soon, and our Impacting Social Injustice site will continue to offer updates and resources. In the meantime, we hope you will all consider attending UTSA’s Juneteenth event on Friday as another opportunity to stand with our Black communities in the fight for liberation from racial injustice.
In the words of Peniel Joseph, our 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker: “Our nation is facing a generational opportunity to transform democracy.” We are committed to embracing this opportunity and to doing the hard work ahead.
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