Dear colleagues,

As events continue to unfold in Minneapolis and elsewhere, many of us are experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, fear, and exhaustion. The senseless killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others are stark reminders of the injustice, racism, inequality, and divisiveness that permeate our society. As members of the University of Maryland community, we are responsible for upholding the core values of our institution to fight for freedom and equality for all, and to fight against anti-Black racism specifically. 

I encourage you to check in on your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and students who might be especially affected. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has prepared this resource to help you respond to anti-Black racism, and of course, Counseling center staff are available as well. Many of our students and colleagues were already feeling sad and vulnerable as we passed the third anniversary of Lt. Collins' murder earlier month. 

In remembrance of George Floyd, and as a show of unity against racism, individuals from across the state and country held a candlelight vigil on May 30, 2020. Members of the PSYC community joined in this and other events to show solidarity.

We may not be able to be near one another right now, but we can still stand together.  

Michael Dougherty

Professor and Department Chair
Department of Psychology