Message from the Dean
We find ourselves in a turbulent and divisive time. Like you, I am saddened and angered by the horrific killing of George Floyd last week. This and the many recent acts of violence and hate against individuals of color cannot be tolerated. With deep sadness, we grieve for those that have been harmed and are fearful. The daily protests across the United States underscore our emotions and the anger of our communities.
President McConnell wrote to the campus community about this pain, and the responsibility we have to one another. We are heartbroken for those who have died and endured racist incidents. Please also read the statement issued by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity – Black Rams Matter: A Note of Solidarity. The messages are important and affirming.
Work needs to be done. As a community, we are committed to principles of equity and inclusive excellence and being allies to our faculty, staff, and students of color. We began this work with our Come to the Table event and subsequent bias and inclusion report read-out. We’ll continue to invest in building an inclusive and equitable community.
Racist acts and violence cannot be tolerated. If you experience or witness an act of bias, it is important that you report it using CSU’s Bias Reporting System. You can be an agent of change with small steps, such as reading and using the resources found on the Vice President for Diversity website. Follow the University planning for the Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative website and see how you can engage with it. Let’s do this together.
We affirm to you, our CSU communities of color, that we promise to listen to you and to be here for you.
James Pritchett, PhD
Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences
Director, Agricultural Experiment Station