In light of the recent violence against the Black community—the
senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and
John Neville—Will Rice would like to unequivocally express our support
for the Black Lives Matter movement and denounce any form of racism.
While these murders have occurred in other places, we acknowledge that
the Rice community is certainly not immune to both microaggressions
and overt acts of racism.
We are committed to promoting
and engaging anti-racism at Will Rice. We hope to take action and
create new initiatives that encourage non-Black Will Ricers to
actively engage in dialogue and foster an environment that constantly
supports our Black Will Ricers. We condemn any racist behavior that
does not align with Will Rice values of equality and inclusivity. We
strive to keep our Black Will Ricers safe and comfortable, a right
that all students deserve to have.
We must hear the voices
of our Black students, practice empathy, and do anything in our power
to support them. We must not speak over them but should elevate their
voices, their stories, and their priorities. In doing so, we aim to be
advocates and allies for the Black community at Will Rice, Rice
University, and this country. We can no longer remain silent and
complicit. Like the Phoenix, we must rise up and evolve to be a more
anti-racist and inclusive Will Rice. We stand with BLM, and we stand
with our Black students.