Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

It’s on all of us—George Floyd

Recent tragic events have highlighted the deep and terrible racism problems that remain in our country and added substantial stress in an already challenging and turbulent environment. Our black students especially are hurting and in need of our support right now and we want them to know unequivocally that their lives matter. We are committed to taking the steps to listen, learn, and act to eradicate “the appalling pestilence of racism.”

We further want to echo the sentiment expressed by President Schlissel that in a difficult time like this, we all have a responsibility to advance justice, equality, peace, and understanding. Our community, just like our University and our College, will never be its best unless we create a safe and fair place for all. We vehemently condemn and reject all forms of racism and discrimination, and stand in strong support of our black students, faculty, and staff. We believe it is our obligation to be leaders in this effort and are working to ensure that all members of our community can proudly and safely call NAME their home. Our shared College values demand nothing less.

To provide space for discussion on this topic, the College DEI Student Advisory Board will be hosting a virtual “EnginTalks: The Unsilenced Voices of 2020” on Tuesday, June 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Please reach out to us with your concerns and suggestions, and reach out to your fellow students, faculty, and staff to support each other. Please note that resources are available at a stressful time like this (Michigan Engineering CARE Center or U-M Counseling and Psychological Services for students and Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO) for faculty and staff).

—Jing Sun, Department Chair