June 10, 2020

We, the leadership of the ATLAS Institute at CU Boulder, like many members of our faculty and staff, are outraged by police and civilian brutality towards Black people, notably the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Elijah McClain and George Floyd. We condemn the behaviors of those police officers involved and the injustice that persists as many have yet to be held accountable for their actions. We stand with the millions of Americans who have taken to the streets to demand justice and we are committed to doing what we can to end the war on Black people.

We recognize that racism, especially anti-Black racism, is widespread and pervasive, and while these incidents now command the attention of the nation, countless other comparable crimes escape scrutiny and go unpunished. Racism is deeply embedded in the United States, perpetuated in countless subtle acts to which many of us are unwitting accomplices.
 
Lasting change requires collaborative, sustained and thoughtfully designed efforts that reach every level of society, sustained over many years. We are committed to authentic self-assessment and transformation: to designing processes and initiatives that support and celebrate Black, Indigenous and people of color in our community, and to increasing and sustaining diversity with supported pathways that lead to full integration as valued members of the ATLAS community. In the coming months, we will design and share specific actions by which to enact effective and lasting change in the ATLAS Institute and beyond, with particular emphasis on Black people. We invite you to join us in inventing a more just and equitable future.

Signed,

Mark D Gross, Director

Jill Dupré, Associate Director