The Executive Committee of the State University of New York’s University Faculty Senate condemns the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and high numbers of Black, Native, Latinx, LGBTQ+, poor, disabled, neurodivergent, and mentally ill people. We honor their lives, grieve with their loved ones and communities, cry out for justice in their names, and lament that our public health, economic, policing, and environmental crises weigh heaviest on their communities. We applaud protestors’ determination, diversity, and demand for change. We value the wisdom of activists, community organizations, and experts on causes, contexts, and remedies for racial profiling, police militarization, hyperincarceration, and state violence.
As educators, health professionals, and scholars proudly serving New York’s diverse communities, we have a responsibility and opportunity to help dismantle systemic racism and build racial equity and social justice. We know we have not done this well enough; we must get better and do better. As a start, we must better
Working together, our SUNY communities can become the change we want to see and help bend the arc of justice. SUNY and UFS will be judged by our actions and their results. Please click on the following links for our initial calls for action to our colleagues and campus administrations. We welcome feedback and suggestions for further action, policymaking, and culture change.
About the SUNY University Faculty Senate
The University Faculty Senate represents the faculty and professional staff of the State University of New York’s 34 state-operated campuses.
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