Commitment to Anti-Racism: A Message from the Director
I am saddened and outraged by the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black individuals who have suffered racial injustice and police brutality in this country. What makes their deaths especially heartbreaking and infuriating is that they resulted from the racism embedded in the very systems designed to protect and serve us.
At the same time, our world is on the verge of remarkable change. People in every U.S. state and around the world have come out in overwhelming support of Black Lives Matter. It is very encouraging to see this happening, though it is just the beginning. We have a lot of work ahead of us.
While I cannot ever fully know or relate to the lived experiences of my friends and colleagues of color, I strive to listen and better understand what they go through on a regular basis. You do not have to be an expert on issues of race to be involved in this conversation and to effect change. Right now, each and every one of us needs to be asking ourselves: how can I use my time, talents and energy to be deliberately and unequivocally anti-racist?
This is not easy work, but it is necessary work. Now is the time to commit to anti-racism and do our part in building a society that is fair, equitable and inclusive.
I stand with Black Lives Matter. It is not a question of politics or ideology but rather humanity. We must all do our part to end racial injustice once and for all.
Dr. Dena Haritos Tsamitis
Barbara Lazarus Professor in Information Networking
Director, Information Networking Institute (INI)
Founding Director, Education, Training and Outreach, CyLab
College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
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Advice from CapS for prioritizing your well-being:
- Log off. If overwhelmed, and are able to, give yourself permission to take a break. Reset.
- Connect to your feelings of frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness. They are real. They are valid.
- Take deep, unapologetic care of yourself, today and all days.
- Set boundaries when you can no longer discuss what's happening.
- Surround yourself with people you trust, who understand how you feel.
- Continue to cultivate a plan that keeps your autonomy and well-being at the center.
Statements from University Leadership
"I know that it is up to each one of us – no matter our background – to confront and dismantle racism and injustice wherever they exist."
Henry L. Hillman Chair
"We recognize that real sustainable change comes not through words or one-off solutions but through deep introspection, intentional planning, transparency, genuine engagement with our community members and accountability."
Jim Garrett, Provost
Gina Casalegno, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students