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A message of solidarity in the face of continued anti-Black racist incidents

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Dear UMass Engineering Community:

As you know, yesterday evening several Black student organizations, including our National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter, as well as some individual students, were again attacked with a hateful, anti-Black racist email. The timing of this email seems intended to disrupt our end of semester, final exams, and commencement.

*Do not let this hateful attack steal your joy and accomplishment as you complete this semester, and as many of you graduate and move on to the next steps of your engineering careers.*

We stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters, students, faculty, and staff. We will support the campus and law enforcement investigations of this latest attack to the fullest extent possible. We will continue to strive to embed racial and social justice perspectives throughout our curriculum and research, and build a culture of allyship across the college.

Finally, let me say that there are forces in this country that seek to turn back the clock on 50+ years of progress on civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, etc. Exercise your Constitutional right to VOTE.

We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In solidarity,

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Sanjay Raman
Dean, College of Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering