June 2020

To our Embolden community,


We are all struggling to find the words to express the pain and anger that weigh heavy on our hearts for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Manuel Ellis, and David McAtee. Nothing we can say can adequately capture the injustice and grief in mourning for their lives. 


The murders of George, Breonna, Ahmaud, Manuel, David, and countless others whose stories were never told are the result of deep racism, prejudice, and white supremacy. They illuminate how anti-blackness continues to pervade our society and how Black Americans have endured a history of systemic and institutional oppression, exploitation, racial discrimination, and violence. However—whether in our own racist beliefs, ignorance, or fear—we as a society have become desensitized to this injustice against and oppression of the Black community, and remain perpetrators and complicit actors in upholding this reality. We cannot allow this to persist. 


We know that this letter is only a statement of our commitment to anti-racism and the fight against anti-blackness, and that this letter on its own is not enough. We understand that a commitment requires fulfillment through deliberate and purposeful action. Our team is actively identifying impactful ways to actualize this across our culture, leadership, and program offerings. We commit to being transparent and sharing with you how we will work towards better serving diverse communities and amplifying Black voices. 


We also reaffirm our commitment to combating systemic and economic barriers that students from under-resourced and underrepresented backgrounds face by providing programming opportunities that reflect our values of equity, diversity, respect, inclusion, and social justice. It’s our hope that we will develop student leaders who will stand up to injustice, speak up against racism and discrimination, serve communities of all identities, and advocate for other voices to be heard, considered, and celebrated. 


Lastly, we know that many of you and your friends and family have joined in the recent protests. Thank you for standing up against and confronting racism and injustice. Please be safe. 


Together, we can create a more just, equitable, and bright future for all.  


With deepest gratitude, 

Team Embolden