Mitchell College Statement on Racial Equality and Justice
June 3, 2020
Dear Mitchell College Community,
It has happened again: the heartbreaking and unjustifiable killing of George Floyd, a man whose name joins a long list of other men and women meeting the same fate. The protests and demonstrations around the country, and even the world, demand action to change our systems and proactively work with compassion to build a more equitable democracy.
By the very nature of our mission, Mitchell College “celebrates and develops the power of unique minds” and, by extension, celebrates and develops the power of the whole person – every person – to make a positive difference in society. As an institution of higher learning, we strive to equip our students with the tools and skills to not only succeed in a chosen profession but, more importantly, to thoughtfully and deliberately model a better world. This is achieved through critical and creative thinking; effective communication; understanding of diversity and global perspectives; information and communication technology; analysis and problem solving; values, ethics, and social responsibility; and social interaction.
The Mitchell community grieves and stands in solidarity with those who are oppressed. We embrace equality, value all human lives, and denounce acts of racism, discrimination, harassment and hate. Mitchell works purposefully to create a culture of diversity and inclusion on campus. We seek open dialogue among our students, faculty and staff about the most meaningful approaches to mitigate racial injustice and inequality in our society, whether on campus, in one’s hometown, across the country, or around the world.
As each of us grapples with unfolding events, we will find ways in the coming weeks and months to come together as a community to address these challenges and work towards change. If you have a story, tell it; if you hear a story, listen to learn. Practice empathy. It’s our collective responsibility. Everyone has the ability to play a part, and the time is now.