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Our Collective Responsibility


We cannot turn away from our shared responsibility to name the pain that ripples through our communities when any person is a victim of a racist or biased incident.

Mary Ann Villarreal  •  December 8, 2021

The future of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the University is One U Thriving. More than a tagline, the tenants of One U Thriving are the basis upon which we will build a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus where everyone can find a home. 

One U Thriving calls upon us to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, trainees, and staff, as well as all of our partners who join with us as we work to embody tenants outlined in the initiative. It charges us to make strides daily to connect our intentions with our actions to create a shared vision for equity and inclusivity. It is our collective responsibility to demonstrate shared equity leadership as part of the tenants under One U Thriving. 

As we reflect upon this past year, we are encouraged by the number of institutional strides we have made. Still, we must grapple with the long truth of hate, discrimination, and bias. Together, we must actively work against these ills. We cannot turn away from our shared responsibility to name the pain that ripples through our communities when any person is a victim of a racist or biased incident. In our refusal to turn a blind eye, we can be hopeful that these incidents do not define us nor do they define our collective spirit and resolve to ensure the U can be a safe place for all of us. 

We get to decide our future.

For the last year, we have focused on unearthing, replanting, and nurturing new roots within our campus communities. While we recognize and acknowledge our shared history, we know there is more to the U than acts of hate. Like many other institutions of higher education, we are directly confronting and untangling from a legacy of exclusion. Through our collective work, we are striving to incorporate the values of EDI into our daily processes. It is at the forefront of all of our conversations and it is the thread woven into the fabric of the institution. 

As such, President Randall has continued to charge us to activate and invest our campus community in our shared Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work. As part of our EDI Call to Action, we ask our community to move beyond conversations, to acknowledge that the lived experiences at the intersections of racism are real and the work belongs to all of us. We remind you to visit our Call to Action and invest your energy in an initiative that speaks to you.

If you experience or know of any discriminatory activities, we urge you to report it to our Racist and Bias Incident Response Team or Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action.

Together, we will embody the values of One U Thriving.