A Message to Campus Regarding George Floyd

Rick Koubek, President

I grieve for George Floyd along with his family, his friends, and our entire nation. His death was egregious.

As we navigate these challenging times together, let us serve as role models for unity and strength. Let us use our voices, our skills, and our influence to advocate for change. And let us elevate the level of public discourse around equity and inclusivity. The responsibility of justice rests on us all and can only be carried out as one community built upon a plurality of voices. 

Please know that we are here for you and our hearts are with everyone hurting across the nation and here at home.

Emailed to all faculty, staff, and students on May 31, 2020.

Diversity is the differences each of us brings through our backgrounds—including race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, genetic information, socioeconomic class, marital status, disability, and veteran status.

Equity and inclusion helps overcome obstacles to access active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in our communities (e.g., intellectual, social, cultural), increasing awareness and knowledge of the complex ways people interact.

The desire to seek knowledge and understanding unites us. Respectful exchanges of our perspectives, experiences, and ideas broaden learning, interactions, and worldviews.

Michigan Technological University is located within Ojibwa (Chippewa) homelands and ceded-territory established by the Treaty of 1842, the territory of Native American nations in Gakiiwe'onaning (Keweenaw Bay), Gete-gitgaaning (Lac Vieux Desert), Mashkii-ziibing (Bad River), Odaawaa-zaaga'iganing (Lac Courte Oreilles), Waaswaaganing (Lac Du Flambeau), Miskwaabikong (Red Cliff), Wezaawaagami-ziibiing (St. Croix), and Zaka'aaganing (Sokaogon Mole Lake).

Michigan Tech's Diversity Statement can be found here.

Full Engagement in University Life

Community: working together we are stronger.

Michigan Tech strives to build diversity, equity, and inclusion. We challenge our community to see differences as strengths. We improve campus culture to develop a diverse community that ensures equal access, opportunity, participation, and representation.

Working together we are stronger.

Together, we create and sustain an inclusive and respectful atmosphere, working toward a sustainable, just, and prosperous world.

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