I’ve heard from many of you who are hurting and worried about the current state of our nation, reeling first from the pandemic and its vast health and economic effects, and now from the anger, unrest, violence and fear sparked by the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The fact that we face this unprecedented time in the isolation created by COVID-19 – a time when we need each other – makes it that much more difficult, especially for those most impacted by either or both crises. (Several have asked about University resources available to help them with the questions and feelings they have and actions they might take, and some of these resources are highlighted here.) The statement issued by our University on Monday (below) is one I believe in and I hope you do as well. I am also keenly aware that words are not enough at this time and that it will take the collective action of us all to create the world "where racism and bigotry are eliminated" and "everyone is treated with civility and respect"…. By bringing our Purdue community together – combining the energy and expertise of our students, staff and faculty - and by holding each other accountable we can address inequality and enable inclusion by facilitating the change that builds a better Purdue, a better world.
Events around our nation have reminded us yet again of the work that remains for all of us in creating a country where racism and bigotry are eliminated and where African American men and women, boys and girls, can live without fear. We are angered and saddened by the death of George Floyd, the victims who came before him, and those killed or otherwise harmed in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death. We hurt with those who are hurting and we pledge to continue to work toward a solution in which everyone is treated with civility and respect.