In recent weeks we have listened to the anger and frustration expressed by our Black students, faculty and staff over ongoing police brutality and the systemic racism that lives on in our society. As we listened, we came to recognize the pain caused by each death of a Black person at the hands of police. The meaning of “Black Lives Matter” has never been clearer as people around the world speak up in the name of humanity and speak out against bigotry and hate.
These words are not enough. Today, this University stands in solidarity with its Black student leaders who have brought forward several action items in the “Listen to Us” platform that will make us a better institution for Black students, faculty and staff. Campus leaders of the President’s Council and Council of Deans unanimously support the actions recommended in the “Listen to Us” platform. The University will take these immediate actions to address the impact of racism on campus:
- A public review of our policing standards, training and protocols to ensure community safety, equity and compliance with justice values.
- A public review of the African Diaspora Program, which replaced the Black Cooperative Program, to ensure Black student needs are being met.
- Bring thoughtful and prominent recognition celebrating Colin Kaepernick and those Black social justice pioneers who came before him on our campus.
- Explore test score alternatives for use in first year math and English course placement and institutional scholarship criteria.
- Support the establishment of an undergraduate and graduate trustee position.
- Pursue the establishment of a living learning community in the residence halls focused on Black culture.
- Continue and expand cultural competency education across campus.
This University is proud of the courageous voices these students have brought to an injustice that has gone on for far too long. It is important to confront our past and seek to build a more equitable and just community for Black students.
Marc A. Johnson
Executive Vice President and Provost
Vice President, Student Services
Vice President, Administration and Finance
Vice President, Research and Innovation
Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police
Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations
Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, UNR School of Medicine
Eloisa Gordon Mora
University Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Executive Director, External Relations
Kerri Garcia Hendricks
Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Chair, Faculty Senate
Chief of Staff
Associate Vice President, Planning, Budget & Analysis
Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Vice Provost, Graduate Education and Dean, Graduate School
Vice Provost, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Dean, College of Education
Dean, College of Community Health Sciences
Dean, College of Engineering
Dean, School of Social Work
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Dean, College of Business
Dean, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources
Dean, University Libraries
Dean, Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism
Dean, Orvis School of Nursing
Dean, College of Science