Like you, I am deeply saddened and dismayed by the many disparities and injustices with which our nation is struggling. It is inspiring to see the collective action of people from diverse backgrounds across the country standing up for social justice and reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. While this and other recent acts of violence rooted in racism, xenophobia, and bigotry have us feeling fear and outrage, I believe that together we can channel these emotions toward creating a community that is equitable, safe, and welcoming to all.
Already individual students and student organizations, our staff and faculty, and campus leadership have united in messages of solidarity and support for systemic change — echoing Chancellor Subbaswamy in the belief that while “far from perfect, we must always strive to be better, to foster a community that is grounded in the concept of dignity and respect for all.”
Please know that the College of Engineering leadership stands with you. We wish to engage in the meaningful conversations and initiatives necessary to ensure that we rise to the challenge of building a more supportive and inclusive environment within the college, UMass Amherst, and the nation. An invitation to such conversations will follow shortly. In the meantime, please consider joining the College of Engineering Allies for Equity, an initiative launched in the spring for such discussions, using this link: https://tinyurl.com/UMassEnginAllies.
It is our duty as ethical and socially responsible engineers to focus on how our solutions can be applied toward a better, fairer world.
Together we can be a force for change.
Dean, College of Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst