SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Malatras Statement on the Minneapolis Court Verdict Today
SUNY News Release
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Contact: Holly Liapis; Holly.Liapis@suny.edu; 518-320-1311
“The jury in the Minneapolis court has made its decision, and we hope the family of George Floyd may find some sense of closure. The divide that was laid bare by this tragedy in our nation doesn’t go away with today’s verdict. It is, though, yet another reminder to address and tackle issues of racial inequity and discrimination with even more determination.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ We want our students, faculty, and staff to know that our campuses will be a place of safe harbor from hate and discrimination. Also know that there are dedicated resources at SUNY here or on our campuses for our students who want to speak with someone.
We will continue to do all we can to eliminate cultural, institutional, and regulatory racial discrimination. That is SUNY’s promise to our students, and in doing so we will be transparent and inclusive. Our students are leaders, and with their voice we move forward.”