Published: Nov. 10, 2020 By

Christie SounartWhen global events happen, CU Boulder often gets involved. The university’s breadth of research and experts makes it an information hub for the world.   

In mid-August, for instance, we used our own saliva-based COVID-19 test with quick results to monitor on-campus Buffs before a similar test was widely available. Researchers hope to expand the test beyond CU. 

These massive events also require us as a university to reflect inward. National protests and the Black Lives Matter movement have highlighted the sometimes painful experience of Black students and other students of color on this campus.

As you’ll read from the personal essays on racial injustice and anti-racism, a clear theme emerges: CU must chart a new course. There are students, faculty, alumni and staff willing to lead the way, and it’s going to take all of us to make it happen.

Maria Kuntz, the Coloradan’s newest editor-in-chief, oversaw the collection of these poignant essays. We welcome her in a time of change — one we need and we want the world to see.