COVID-19: Community Updates and Resources
Members of the Law School Community:
Early in the spring semester, the law school's faculty and board of trustees together adopted a core values statement that includes, among other things, commitments to advance justice, to oppose discrimination and bigotry, and to foster an inclusive, respectful, compassionate campus culture. Honoring these commitments is more important now than ever.
Our community members, especially our students, have been deeply affected by the unjust killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor; the racist confrontation in Central Park; and the unrest in cities across the country. The pain of recent events falls disproportionally on our students of color who are forced daily to bear the weight of the systemic racism that pervades our justice system, our health care system, our streets, and, shamefully, our beloved school.
It is our responsibility as a law school — one that cares deeply for every student — to support, honor, educate, and empower all of our students. It is our responsibility to confront and combat racism, oppression, and violence against people of color whenever we see it.
We can, and we will, do better in meeting these responsibilities.
We start this week by launching a series of forums focused on confronting and combatting systemic racism. The first is for our students, faculty, and staff only, giving us a space to listen to and learn from one another. Later editions will bring in alumni and community leaders who wish to help us with this essential work.
In addition, we are actively gathering and distributing resources to support students, creating opportunities to further educate our community on racial justice issues and use the law to effect change, and working to serve as a resource to community partners and alumni. More details to come.
We stand with the Black community and communities of color, and commit to being part of the solution — both inside our walls, and in the world at large.
The work ahead is long and hard. We welcome your support and participation as we move forward.
To better days ahead,
Alicia OuellettePresident and Dean