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A Message from the Dean of the College of Education
Dear COEd Community,
This past week, our nation was once again rocked by a tragic murder, that of Mr. George Floyd in Minnesota. His death is yet another example of the ubiquitous brutality repeatedly experienced in communities of color and has sparked protests from people around the world. Like many of you, I am horrified, angry, and grieve with his loved ones and people across our nation. And like you, I am outraged by the continuing racism that pervades our society (e.g., Christian Cooper in Central Park; Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA; Atatiana Jefferson in Fort Worth; Breonna Taylor in Louisville, etc…).
Not only as an educator but as a human being, I must speak out and condemn hatred of all kinds. Racism, discrimination, white nationalism, white supremacy, micro-aggressions, neo-Nazism, violence, and hate in any form is unacceptable. These must be immediately and strongly denounced as they have no place in this world. Like most of us, wherever I may be, I am committed to guaranteeing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment. My goal is to ensure that each individual knows that they are valued and has a place in which they are free to learn, work, live, and thrive without fear.
While many in our country continue to experience the pain, fear, anger, and sense of hopelessness brought on by more than 400 years of oppression, we as a collective and unified community must continue to speak up and take action. How might we do this? By participating in events and trainings about equity and social justice, challenging our own racism and that of others; supporting organizations and groups working towards change, and contacting your local and national legislators when and where you see inequities and injustice.
As an educator, I am committed to the ideals set forth in our Teacher’s Creed… to “Ensure that every child I teach receives a quality education; To create a learning environment that encourages academic, social, and emotional achievement;” and to “Serve as a model who guides and honors my students.” And as a member of my community who cares about and is aware of the inequities around me, I am obliged to act with purpose; engage respectfully across the political spectrum; and support those who feel marginalized, disadvantaged, or threatened.
I recognize that when injustice happens to one person, it happens to us all. We can do better. We will do better. And as a UTA community, I know that we stand together in the hope for a better and more just tomorrow.
Be safe and be well.
Dean, UTA College of Education