A message from Dean Thompson in response to the murder of Mr. George Floyd:
We are fortunate to live in a country that was founded on the ideals of liberty, justice and equality for all. Unfortunately, we have never truly lived up to those ideals. Throughout our history we have, through laws, practices and strategies, systematically denied peoples and people the advantages, opportunities and dignity that all should be able to expect. Throughout our history, individuals and organizations have tirelessly committed to leading change to a better society, and we have made progress. But it isn’t enough. The brutal and horrific murder of Mr. George Floyd by police officers clearly demonstrates we have not overcome our history. We must make changes, not incrementally but now, and real change so everyone—everyone—has liberty, justice and equal treatment. We can only do this together.
In the College of Science, we are committed to fostering a community and environment where all are welcome, valued and respected. We believe our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion goes hand in hand with scientific discovery and advancement—together we can change the world.
It is time to change the world.
Black Lives Matter.
Jeffrey S. Thompson
Dean, College of Science