|Nearly one year ago, in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the urgency of promoting justice tapped into long-simmering issues of race, and a new awareness of anti-Black racism captivated communities around the world—even as we confronted a pandemic of historic proportions. Today, as we receive news of the first verdict in the case following that tragic and reprehensible killing, our quest for a more equitable world continues both on and off campus.
We at the University of Miami take seriously our responsibility to model the type of productive dialogue and intentional change this moment requires. From addressing disparities in health to innovating on societal reforms to creating an environment on our own campuses where every ’Cane belongs, we are determined to engage in action that matches our words and our most idealistic aspirations.
I vowed last year that we would take our emotions and turn them into a catalyst for change. On the convergence of crises that have gripped our human family since then—a health emergency exacerbated by its economic consequences and the way both have shed light on deep social inequities—our community of researchers, scholars, professionals, and students has demonstrated that our compassion and ingenuity are boundless.
As tonight’s news punctuates public recognition of the painful episodes that have impacted so many members of our community, let us recommit to advancing the story of resilience that has carried the U through our first century and will continue to light the way for our shared future.