Dear FSU Family,
The past year has been a difficult and tumultuous one for our country. The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd may begin to offer a small measure of accountability in a particularly painful chapter in America’s history.
I believe that justice was served in this tragic case. However, I know there remain deep and heartfelt concerns about violence, racial equality and justice in America. If you need support, our campus offers an array of support resources to faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program and to students through the University Counseling Center.
It is also important as a university community that we continue to reaffirm our values of respect, civility, diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as our commitment to justice and equality. The President’s Anti-Racism, Equity & Inclusion Task Force is one platform where thoughtful conversations are occurring.
We still have work to do in order to put our values into action. I can assure you FSU remains committed to making long-term changes that promote respect and dignity among our diverse campus community.
At The Florida State University, we recognize that every competitive advantage begins with people.
By valuing, celebrating and leveraging the differences and similarities of our students, faculty and staff, we inspire an environment of innovation and passion—one that enables us to create a teaching, research and service environment that better reflects the needs of our students, faculty, staff, customers, constituents, communities and other key stakeholders. As detailed in the Strategic Plan our approach starts with a belief that diversity is about more than a particular head count: it must reflect the quality and depths of interactions. We will remain focused on doing all that we can to ensure FSU is the university of choice for our faculty, staff and students.