Standing against racism and intolerance

- President Jamie Cassels

Message from President Jamie Cassels

I want to recognize and acknowledge the anger, distress and fear shared by members of the University of Victoria community and throughout the world over the circumstances surrounding the disturbing rise in anti-Asian racism resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

As a university, and as individuals, we must continue the necessary work to confront racism, recognizing that many current assumptions, attitudes and habits stand in the way of change. Our role as a place of learning is to ensure that we embody mutual respect, and that we combat systemic racism and all forms of discrimination and intolerance through our research and academic inquiry. The university is a place for students, faculty, and staff to engage thoughtfully about one of the most critical issues of our time. 

We must continue our work together to ensure that our community, both on campus and beyond, is a racism-free, inclusive environment that embraces the many cultures that strengthen our society through their diversity. It is up to all of us to commit to change now and going forward.

The first level of a new EQHR Anti-Racism Training program will be available online for faculty, staff and students starting July 1. I challenge you to register for the Awareness training prior to the start of fall term and commit to taking all three levels.

Diversity is fundamental to UVic’s excellence and to the wellbeing and strength of our university. We are deeply committed to being an inclusive, supportive and welcoming community. Racism and discrimination have no place here, and we stand in solidarity as students, faculty and staff against racism, intolerance and violence.

President Jamie Cassels, QC
University of Victoria

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