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I have been deeply affected by the events of the last several weeks. It’s difficult to describe the range of emotions that I have felt in seeing anti-racism protests here and around the world, in reading descriptions of racist incidents that have happened on this campus, and in seeing reactions to those cries of pain. Personally, and in self-reflection, I have felt anger, disappointment, pain, a sense of responsibility, and, ultimately, hope. Here, let me share some of the principles that many of us hold dear, validate the expressions of pain that I’ve heard, show that we have listened deeply to our community (and will continue to do so), and evince what actions we are taking to come together as a community.
Today, with the rapid change occurring across America, we seem to be realizing what Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as a “fierce urgency of now.” Our collective hope should be that this period in our history signals real and lasting change. We are passionately challenging systems of oppression that have allowed systemic racism to endure despite the bold promises on which this country was founded. These same systems have endured at institutions across the country and here at Trinity. So how will we take action? We are being handed an opportunity to create the community we wish to be.
So where does this lead me, and where does this lead us as a community? We have heard your voices; we acknowledge that pain. Individuals across our community have shared their stories. It is clear that we have not yet made sufficient visible changes to support you, our students, faculty, and staff of color. This dialogue is continuing. We have not yet built the infrastructure for sustainable efforts and accountability in our diversity and inclusion efforts. It also is clear that there are segments of our community where hearts and minds have not yet been changed. Yet, we must persist.
We have received demands from the Umoja Coalition, as well as other groups of alumni and friends of the college, that we need to be the agents of a cultural change at Trinity. The responses below are not intended to answer all of those demands; it is not a comprehensive list of what we will change. Rather, this is a list of initial commitments of actions that we can take as soon as practicable, as we begin the transformation of our institution toward inclusion and equity.
- Change the names of Seabury and Wheaton Halls. [UPDATED July 7: While we were asked about those buildings specifically, rather than address just two names, I’ll be asking members of the Trinity community this fall to consider naming issues more broadly—to look at not only who’s honored and whether that’s appropriate, but also who isn’t honored and how we might address it. These community members will help us figure out whose names and stories could or should be celebrated and what names should adorn our campus buildings and spaces.]
- 基金国际街舞节和桑巴舞巨星（各$ 50,000每年用于未来三年，而我们寻求永久捐赠）。
- 制定计划翻新巫魔房子，亚裔学生协会（AASA）的房子，和LA eracra - 香格里拉之声拉丁房子。
- 提高董事会的种族和民族的多样性，每个新来的学员，以更好地反映当前学生身上。我们做出研究员董事会同样的承诺，并要求mg游戏中心 - mg游戏大厅校友会做同样的。
I often think of the progress that we have made together, since my arrival in 2014. To name a few positive steps: We have increased the diversity of the student body, senior administration, and trustees; we must now move from representation to inclusion. Many of us have participated in successful programming as part of the Campaign for Community, the Bridging Divides series, and the campus-wide dialogues stimulated by Anthony Jack’s book 特权差. In spring 2019, students formed an Athletes of Color Coalition, which has been working with 竞技 Department staff on programming, initiatives, and hiring in athletics. Last year, Trinity hosted the first NESCAC-wide summit for coaches of color. These small steps are helping us make systemic changes at Trinity. I can see the progress that we have made, while recognizing that we can and will do more. We must persist.
Trustees are our eager partners in these efforts. In addition to committing to the shared work to address systemic racism, they have pledged financial support to achieve these goals; in a message to you soon, they will call the Trinity community to join them. I am most hopeful because I believe that I am part of a community that listens, is willing to grapple with wicked problems, perseveres, and acts boldly and swiftly.
The Trinity community has my personal commitment that I will not let go of these challenges until we have changed for the better the experiences of people of color on our campus and improved racial justice and equity at this college. You can and should be part of the solution. I ask you to fight with me with Bantam spirit and pride for what our institution can and must be.
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