Partners in Action Against Racism
Grand Valley State University acknowledges the hurt, anger, fear, and distrust that many of our Black faculty, staff, students, and administrators must feel following the reprehensible killing of George Floyd and the ongoing racial and social injustice that exists in our society.
We also acknowledge that the well-being of our entire community rests on fulfilling the elemental promise that every member of our campus community is welcomed, supported, respected, and valued. As an institution that educates the next generation of leaders, we will fail them, our communities, and ourselves if we do not act when we know that more than words are expected of us.
Learn. Understand. Act. Lead. The following are some of the ways Grand Valley will realize those standards against which we must be measured.
We must elevate the voices and experiences of our Black faculty, staff, and students.
We must listen carefully, valuing each member of our community.
We must fulfill our goals for inclusion and equity.
We must all deepen our understanding and knowledge through education.
We must then use this knowledge as the basis for understanding and addressing institutional and systemic racism and oppression to make meaningful change.