Like so many of you we are horrified by the murder last week of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the agony and violence that has followed. These events do not stand alone and are a painful reminder of a long history of racism and inequality in our country.
We recognize that the crisis affects us all in different ways as we process the still unfolding events, and we want to affirm our commitment to supporting you all whenever and however we can. We want to make our department a place where every student feels valued. The Chemistry Department also recognizes that we do not exist apart from the systemic injustices being so painfully exposed, and we count you as important partners in our efforts to identify and address these issues.
For those of you who are concerned about balancing academics with these complex topics, please contact your instructors and/or the Dean of Students Office. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us as the term comes to an end, and beyond.