As our nation and our world rise up in protest against the death of George Floyd and the countless deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of police, Connecticut State University American Association of University Professors (CSU-AAUP) stands in solidarity with those in this movement who are speaking out and standing up to reaffirm that black lives matter.
CSU-AAUP members, who are faculty, coaches, counselors, and librarians at the four regional Connecticut State Universities, agree that racial violence and anti-Blackness must have no part in our university campuses or our world.
CSU-AAUP recognizes that quality public higher education is one important part of a multi-faceted approach to creating lasting social change and one that provides opportunities for growth, understanding, and tangible economic benefits. As such, Connecticut public higher education can play an essential role in bridging the racial and economic divide. Now more than ever, we must realize the integral part public higher education can play in helping to reduce inequality and promote racial justice. But for that role to be successful, students must have access and must be able to afford that public higher education. This is why CSU-AAUP repeatedly calls on our state’s politicians and policy leaders to adequately invest in public higher education so that students can afford to earn a university degree and build a better life for themselves and their families without taking on mountains of student debt.
Going forward, CSU-AAUP will strive to create and support an environment that: works to defeat systemic racism; better understands the dangers and risks born most heavily by our black students and colleagues; and where diversity and inclusion are not just words, but a way of living and working together towards a more understanding, peaceful, and just world.
We are stronger together and we will thrive together.