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Honoring Juneteenth, Affirming Black Lives Matter

Jun 18, 2020

Dear Pacificans,

As we approach Juneteenth tomorrow, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, we recognize there are many challenges facing the university, the nation and the world. The lives and lived experiences of our black students, alumni, staff and faculty matter to Pacific. Black lives matter. We have a role to prepare students to lead and to rise to the call of helping the country end racial injustice. The killing of George Floyd and the racial injustices against black members of our society are wrong and counter to how people should be treated with decency, humanity and justice.

While Pacific has had and continues to have a number of actions to support our black students and employees, it is not enough. During the course of the next few months, our new President as of July 1, Chris Callahan, and I will be having conversations with our black students, employees and alumni on all three campuses. We want to hear from you which actions you believe will be most meaningful and have the broadest impact. We will be calling upon leadership across all three campuses to work with black members of our community to ensure that we make meaningful changes across our university in demonstrable ways.

In recognition of the significance of Juneteenth, we ask that all employees and students take from 2-3 p.m. tomorrow, or an hour at another time, and dedicate it to self-reflection and learning as we all seek to increase understanding of how we can and must make our university and our communities a place where all people are respected. I hope that this time is the beginning of deeper learning and of making Pacific a truly inclusive community.

Maria Pallavicini
Interim President