June 1, 2020
SDSU Community –
Like many of you, I am hurt and saddened concerning the senseless death of George Floyd a week ago. I watch the news, see what is happening around our country and reflect on the need for our society to work together and become a place where we effect real change.
As I think deeply about our university’s core value of diversity and how it states that “we respect individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds and areas of expertise,” and I ask myself if we are doing enough to effect positive change.
To state your core values is one thing; to live them is something different. I know we have much work ahead of us, but I also know we are committed to improving each day. Understanding each other and respecting others begins and continues with open dialogue and conversations that are meant to learn from each other and develop a genuine respect for fellow Jackrabbits. We don’t have to agree, but we must accept one another if we are going to live our core values and create an inclusive environment where everyone can be proud.
Racism continues to plague our country and many of our faculty, staff and students feel its impact. Sadly, violence and destruction this week has overshadowed the peaceful protests that have taken place in an attempt to effect change. Effecting change means we work together, listen and learn, and set the example for others to follow. We are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and accessible university community that is the standard and one where we are proud. I accept that challenge and opportunity, and look to the future where we work together to make it happen.
Please have a wonderful week. I continue to look forward to the day we are all on campus together.
Barry H. Dunn