We work in support of the role that education plays in advancing a more just and equitable society

Statement of Our Commitment to Inclusion and Equity

George Floyd Mural
Photo by Lorie Shaull

Today we move forward with resolve after the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. Our students, faculty, staff, and community are still heartbroken, frustrated, and traumatized by the event. Over the past weeks, most of us have witnessed the kind of anguish and fear that people of color and minority communities face every day.

It is more important now than ever that we advocate for justice and the eradication of systemic racism that has resulted in so much harm and senseless loss of life, bringing immense grief to our community. We continue to stand in solidarity with the Black communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color who continue their demand for justice. We say unequivocally that we are committed to racial justice and equal opportunity on our campuses and in our communities. We will work today, and every day in support of the role that education plays in advancing a more just and equitable society.

The University leadership is committed to being a leader, ensuring social justice reform amongst our community during this challenging time. President Gabel’s early and bold action that other Universities and organizations are now following is a testament to our commitment to address the inequities based on race.

We are also very proud of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are already actively serving our communities the best way they can. From the Community-University Health Care Center holding a food drive, or volunteers cleaning up damaged neighborhoods, or individuals who are quietly donating to a local organization or cause, we thank you for making a difference. We encourage you to continue doing what you can to serve and support our community.

We invite you to join us in being part of the solution. The Office for Equity and Diversity offers some good places to start. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association, in partnership with the Black Alumni Network and the Multicultural Alumni Network, has also listed several organizations that need assistance, whether through your time, expertise, or financial contributions.

If you have a specific way, you wish to support the community or students, feel free to reach out to Jireh Mabamba, our new Manager of Engagement & Alumni Relations, at: [email protected].

Peggy M. Martin, Director
Occupational Therapy Program
June 18, 2020