Message From Dean Linton
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CALS and Extension Colleagues,
Late yesterday afternoon Chancellor Woodson released a statement reaffirming the university’s support and solidarity with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community following the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. If you have not already, I encourage all of you to read it and to reflect on what it means to be a part of this Pack.
Let us recognize that for many in our CALS community, yesterday’s guilty verdict does not bring an end to the pain, anguish, anger, and dissolution caused by this tragic death, the realities of racism, and the far too many acts of violence against BIPOC communities across our country.
Let us acknowledge that words alone do not affect positive change, and provide little comfort to the weary and exhausted. CALS is a community of action, and at this time in our nation’s history, let our actions demonstrate the genuine care and compassion we have for one another, especially for our BIPOC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Reach out to those you feel could use support, and provide them space, flexibility, and grace wherever needed.
Let us demonstrate courage to continue the difficult conversations necessary to understand the lived experiences of others and to advocate for needed change. Utilize CALS Office of Diversity and Inclusion resources and take part in the ongoing Community Conversation series. Please also join me on April 29, 2021, for a special conversation related to the George Floyd murder trial.
Processing the Meaning and Value of the George Floyd Murder Trial
When: April 29, noon–1:30 p.m
For additional support, I encourage you to take advantage of the resources NC State University provides for our students, faculty, and staff if needed:
NC State Prevention Services hosts virtual drop-in spaces
NC State Counseling Center for students (virtual appointments are available)
Faculty and Staff Assistance Program for employees
Thank you for your continued commitment to the mission of this college, and for your care and concern for the community, we all call home. We are one Pack, and we stand together in our efforts to do what is right, just, and equitable for all.
Go CALS, and Go Pack.
Richard Linton, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences