Message to the Millikin Community: Now is the time to pay attention
The tragic and unjust death of George Floyd and other recent injustices in the black community are a piercing reminder of the deep racial divide in our country. As an institution of higher learning committed to inclusion and social justice, Millikin University encourages us all to examine our country, our community and ourselves, and learn from these horrific tragedies.
We must continue to challenge ourselves to body forth inclusion, equity and justice in our daily work and lives. Now is not the time to look away. Now is the time to see what is happening in our country and work to make it better. Each one of us can honor the life of George Floyd and others by connecting on the most basic level, as humans. Black Lives Matter at Millikin and everywhere. In the midst of our fight against a global pandemic, we have never been more aware of our humanity. Black lives are human lives and are precious. Millikin University stands in support of its black students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members and is committed to its mission of preparing students for a life of democratic citizenship in a global environment.
Sincerely yours in Millikin,
Patrick E. White