College statement regarding the killing of George Floyd and racial injustice

College statement regarding the killing of George Floyd and racial injustice

Dear Business Gators,

Words cannot describe the heaviness and sorrow with which we write this message. Like those across our nation and world, we grieve the loss and call out in sorrow the name of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died while being arrested by Minneapolis Police.

Along with President Fuchs, we condemn the killing of George Floyd as well as the other tragic killings of so many Black Americans like Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Nina Pop, the circumstances surrounding their deaths, and the injustices that Black Americans face in their daily lives due to racism, hate and intolerance.

As Business Gators, we’re defined by our leadership, and now, more than ever, is the time to stand up for what matters.

Our leadership doesn’t come from a title or position, but from our actions and examples. We call upon the Warrington community to be leaders against racism and racial injustices – to support and listen to the voices of those who are unheard, to empower those who feel powerless, to demonstrate positive change, to reflect on and take responsibility for our actions and biases, to challenge the status quo, to advocate and care for one another and to recognize that silence is not an option.

To support and empower our community, the Warrington College of Business is currently working on plans to engage Business Gators this summer in addition to the diversity and inclusion events already planned for the fall semester. We will update our community with details once they are finalized.

To our Black students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, we see you, hear you and stand with you. Know that you are integral, indivisible members of a community that embraces diversity and inclusion as strengths. It is a community that only through the unity of all members can fully meet challenges facing the business world and society today and into the future.

As always, we are here for our students, faculty and staff. Students can request the support of a counselor at the Counseling and Wellness Center, while faculty and staff can reach out via the UF Employee Assistance Program.  

 

With all of our support,

John Kraft

Dean

 

Sherry Deist

Assistant Dean of Administration

 

John Gresley

Assistant Dean and Director, UF MBA

 

Alex Sevilla

Associate Dean and Director, Heavener School of Business

Saby Mitra

Incoming Dean

 

Selcuk Erenguc

Senior Associate Dean and Director, Hough Graduate School of Business

 

Gary McGill

Associate Dean and Director, Fisher School of Accounting

 

Robert Thomas

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion