Dear University of Maryland community,
As we fight two pandemics - COVID-19 and racial injustice - it pains and angers me that we continue to see the senseless shooting of Black people. This includes Jacob Blake and the many before him who have been killed or wounded. And, again, we find ourselves being forced to fight for justice, while also fighting to protect our health.
We see advocates in the spotlight - like many athletes and demonstrators across our country - rising up, protesting and advocating for change. We must all rise up, becoming advocates within our own community and supporting our fellow Terps. Here at Maryland, we will continue to grow and enhance the ways in which we educate and activate our community on the issues of racism and violence.
If you have not already done so, I urge you to learn, reflect, and determine ways that you can take action by accessing resources from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:
I am joining the Virtual March on Washington - a demonstration honoring the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" Speech. The March will demonstrate advocacy for comprehensive police accountability reform, the Census, and mobilizing voters for the November elections. I hope many of you will consider participating as well.
We understand ongoing social injustices impact our mental health, and please don't hesitate to reach out to the Counseling Center for help.
As we continue to fight injustices as a country and a community, I must say it again and ask you to say with me:
Black Lives Matter.
Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland