Statement of Solidarity
We are committed to doing more to dismantle the systemic injustice that Black children, youth, and families, including our Black students, alumni, and colleagues, experience every day. We have not done enough as a community to hold up to the light the many forms and systems of racial oppression and inequity that have historically targeted Black individuals, and to work tirelessly to change them. In light of the continuing police brutality against Black individuals, most recently the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others; the resulting protests sweeping the nation; the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, which has ravaged Black communities; and in response to feedback from our student and alumni community, we are taking action.
The diversity statement of our department is "We value diversity and are committed to pursuing equity and justice in our work and in the world." To live up to this mission statement, we are working to educate ourselves about our roles – whether active or passive – in addressing systemic issues at the personal, departmental, university, and societal levels. As part of the change-making effort dedicated specifically to addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging, and in addition to the efforts already put forward by Tufts University, we are creating short-, and long-term plans to put our values into action.
David Henry Feldman
Mary Ellen Leone
Lynne May Lim