We are grieving and angry over the latest disturbing and reprehensible events, which have yet again exposed the tragic injustices and violence against African Americans and their humanity. Our hearts are heavy as we reflect upon the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other African Americans whose lives have been cut short. We recognize the pain, fear, anger, and hopelessness many in our UVA and Charlottesville community might be experiencing right now. UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion stands firmly in our values of diversity and inclusivity and denounces all forms of hate and bigotry.
Today, we stand with everyone suffering and in anguish under the weight of racism. We are with you. As educators and leaders in higher education, we appreciate the power—and responsibility—we have to dismantle the systems that continue to permit bias-motivated ideologies and actions. Hate and violence are in direct opposition to the values our University and broader community aspire to uphold and who we want to be. We must continue to do the hard work that will help ensure that our future is different, more just, more accepting, and more inclusive. The future we envision is one in which the devaluing of life is no longer accepted, and where bigotry no longer contaminates our systems and institutions, burdening some community members much more than others.