Campus Update

June 1, 2020

Dear UAlbany Community:

Today, we are a nation in mourning—a nation that is experiencing hate, fear, and an unacceptable sense of loss. Our communities of color have endured unequal treatment for far too long. We can vividly see this in the grief and anger over the tragic death of George Floyd, as well as the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on minority communities. Today, we grieve and are saddened by the devastating loss of life, the violence, and the destruction that is impacting communities across our country.

As a community that deeply values diversity, equity, and inclusion, UAlbany stands strong in rejecting racism, hate, and violence, which are diametrically opposed to our core beliefs and values.

However, we are also hopeful and inspired by the acts of kindness that we have seen in these very difficult times. The peaceful protests clamoring for justice; community organizations coming out to provide nourishment to those who suffer food insecurity; people helping local businesses pick up the pieces as a result of so much violence and destruction; the ongoing calls for unity—to address issues of racial, social, and economic disparities. Yes, there is a sense of hope and optimism in the midst of so much tragedy; and there are many opportunities for us all, collectively, to make a positive difference in our communities.

Our UAlbany community must stand as a beacon of hope, and unequivocally demonstrate our longstanding commitment to social and economic justice through our work to address and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in our communities.

During these extraordinarily challenging times, it is more important than ever that we support one another and stand strong as a UAlbany family. I am very proud of our strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am also grateful for our response to COVID-19, which has been generous, innovative, and compassionate. And, I am moved by the way Great Danes are speaking out to end racial injustice.

UAlbany will continue to contribute our research and expertise to fight COVID-19, including the racial disparities that have been laid bare by this global pandemic. We will continue reaching out to help people in need in our communities. We will also keep standing up for what is right.

Most of all, I want you to know that I support you and care deeply about your well-being and your success. While we remain physically apart for now, let us join hands in spirit, knowing that together, we will not only get through this—we will create a better world.



Havidán Rodríguez