College of Fine Arts Community:
We have once again experienced the ongoing hatred and racism that plagues our country resulting in the killing of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. We struggle to find words to express our heartfelt sorrow, frustration, and pain about the loss of Floyd and the many other Black men and women before him.
The College of Fine Arts sincerely regrets we have not done more to help address systemic racism and confront the impact it has on our alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.
We stand with Institutional Equity, the Black Faculty Staff Council, President Montgomery, and others in the WMU family who have called for an honest reflection on our values and systems. Only then can we make the changes necessary to create a safe haven for all to freely speak their minds and ensure their human rights.
We will listen. We will ask questions. We want a dialogue with all who have been silenced by fear and frustration, hopelessness, and despair.
We hear you.
Black Lives Matter.
Daniel Guyette, Dean College of Fine Arts
College of Fine Arts Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Lofton Durham, Chair
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría