UToledo President - Dr. Gregory Postel

April 20, 2021
Dear Rockets,

Rocket Nation:
Today we learned the verdict in the much-anticipated Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd last summer. The jury found the former police officer guilty in Floyd’s death.

As a community, we acknowledge that today’s verdict can elicit a wide range of emotions for all of us. Floyd’s death last summer sparked a nationwide movement to confront systemic racism fueled by racial injustice and police brutality, and our own UToledo students, faculty and staff have been leaders in our community advocating for change. During this time when people across the country are united in protests against racism, it is important to reflect on our history and seize this opportunity to move forward, together, and do better.

As an institution of higher education, we have both an opportunity and responsibility to be leaders in the fight for social justice reform both on and off our campus. We must facilitate the critical conversations necessary to identify and eliminate inequities. It is only by embracing that which makes each of us unique that we can fulfill our mission to improve the human condition for all.

Diversity is a core value of our University. We believe our diversity makes us stronger, and we work to create an environment of inclusion. It is the contributions of and collaboration with people from backgrounds different than our own that allow us to excel in education, research and economic development, and contribute to society.

This monumental case has raised awareness about inequality and systemic racism — two issues that we must address head-on as a campus community. We will continue to offer open communication in a safe and structured environment facilitating discussions for processing and providing opportunities for all members of our campus community’s voices to be heard. In addition, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be facilitating a special Dialogue on Diversity focusing on the Chauvin trial, today’s verdict and how we can move forward together.

The University of Toledo has a number of resources available for students, faculty and staff. We are united in our support for all members of our Rocket Nation.

Sincerely,

Gregory Postel, M.D.
President


 

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