The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to the development of an integrated, pluralistic society in which individuals model and support humaneness and respect for one another. As such, we condemn in the strongest terms racism, anti-blackness, and racialized violence of any kind, including but by no means limited to the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade. Black Lives Matter. In addition, we acknowledge the rights of all people to freely assemble in protest of injustice, and we affirm that public performances of identity and solidarity are a legitimate and powerful way to resist tyranny and oppression.
For those members of our community who are hurting, frightened, or outraged by recent events, we see and hear your concerns, and we share your feelings of anger and powerlessness. Nevertheless, we will go on seeking to improve that which is within our control: to make our educational environment as safe, supportive, and inclusive as possible.
If you are struggling emotionally, you can connect remotely with Counseling and Psychological Services. If the situation is taking its toll on you physically, Watkins Student Health is available. For community-based information, including updates on current events and local responses, Black Lives Matter-LFK is an important resource. And as always, if you experience or witness discrimination here at KU, the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access remains fully functional and available to serve KU students, faculty, staff, and visitors remotely.
Lastly, we encourage you to consider us, your faculty and staff, as allies and resources. We are invested in you, your well-being, and your continued success. If we can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Message from KU's Chancellor Douglas Girod from May 29, 2020