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June 1, 2020


MeShawn Green

This past week has been difficult. The recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, as well as the disturbing exchange between Christian Cooper and Amy Cooper, have resulted in many feelings of confusion, sadness, anger, hurt and frustration. It is essential that members of our Central community know that we hear you and support you. Although we may not have all the answers, we are fortunate to have an environment where we can ask the questions, have the discussion, and continue to learn.

Throughout these atrocities, there have also been extraordinary examples of humanity.  People are unifying to strengthen voices and to provide support. As a Broncho community, let us also commit to continued unification as we gain the knowledge, awareness and skills needed to make real systemic change. There is no single action that can provide all answers or erase what has occurred; however, there is always the opportunity to progress. It is this progression we are committed to as a university and will continue to move towards.

In the spirit of progression, growth and learning, we are offering opportunities for engagement and action. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has the following upcoming events. Both will be presented online. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at odi@uco.edu for more information or to register.

  • Navigating Racial Trauma: 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4
  • How to Support Your Students During Social Unrest: 2 p.m. Friday, June 12

This is just the start as we move into the fall semester and beyond. Please visit the Inclusive Community website for additional opportunities hosted by, and in collaboration with, our campus partners.

During these challenging times, the Center for Counseling and Well-Beingcontinues to provide same day access for “virtual walk-ins” as a safe space for students. In addition, the Steve Fund has created text line 741-741 where young people of color can text and connect with a trained crisis counselor of color 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Center for Counseling and Well-being has also shared a link for exploring “Three Mindful Ways to Support the World Right Now.”

As we embark on a new week, please continue to show love, remain dedicated to learning, and intentionally work towards addressing injustices in our communities.

Sincerely,

MeShawn Green
Inclusive Community Advocate