A message from Vice Chancellor for Advancement Deb Coffin

 

Dear colleagues,

In recent weeks, our cities have filled with protests and violence due to the inexplicable murder of George Floyd and countless others before him. The Black community is experiencing pain, anguish and despair. Members of our own CU community have experienced racism in many forms. All of this has gone unacknowledged — until now.

In the midst of so much hard news — both personal and in our community — it is time for change. We have a responsibility to act in a way that’s aligned with our values of creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive and respectful community. If we are really committed to creating and sustaining this type of community — to be welcoming, supportive and respectful of all — then I must ensure we acknowledge, support and provide care and actions to our community.

I am asking our entire Advancement team to extend a hand to one another by reaching out to colleagues, friends, alumni and donors who are hurting. Listen — really listen. Grieve with them, and express care for what they are experiencing. If they invite your support and care, provide it. We must cleave to one another in a spirit of care and use our full voices, energy and hearts — whether virtually or in person. During these challenging times, we are committed to providing support and a safe space to exchange ideas, thoughts and dialogue.

Let us each commit to individually and collectively strengthening our community through support, care, listening, learning and action. I know that many on the Advancement team are already doing needed work in this space, and I thank them for their efforts. Most importantly, let us not stop the work when the news cycle dies down.

I welcome your suggestions on actions we can take as an organization. Let us commit ourselves to the continuous struggle and effort required to ensure that our community is inclusive, just and safe for all.

Be well. Be safe. Be Buffs Together.

 

With heartfelt respect,

Deb Coffin

Vice Chancellor for Advancement