This has been a very challenging quarter for everyone in the SAFS community owing to the pandemic. The recent acts of discrimination and killings of unarmed people of color further highlight the weaknesses of our society and how it is failing large fractions of the black and brown communities. What Christian Cooper, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others have experienced will not be forgotten.
SAFS is committed to supporting excellence in teaching and research, working with a broad range of stakeholder groups, serving the profession and society we are all part of, and providing an excellent education to all of our students, regardless of their race, gender, class, nationality, physical ability, religion, age, or sexual orientation.
SAFS also pledged to support the well-being of staff, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty who are a fundamental part of the School’s community.
The recent events make us feel heartbroken, angry, and even more acutely aware that our pursuit of achieving our commitments and goals for an equitable and safe School is paramount. We will recommit ourselves to achieving these commitments and goals and will continue down the path we have decided upon, no matter what.
Please contact Andre, Sam, or Amy if the recent events have caused you difficulties and to find out about resources that are available to help you during the current crisis. We look to our Equity & Inclusion Committee to identify ways for us to come together to discuss and process these events and to come out stronger as a community.