Diversity & Equity
The Presidents Leadership Class (PLC) acknowledges the pain caused by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the far too many more lives lost to police violence. We also acknowledge the systemic inequities that oppress Black and brown communities, as well as our personal and collective duties to dismantle them. As a leadership development program, our purpose is to not only train the next generation of leaders, but also to exhibit leadership within the university community on pressing issues, like the racism experienced by our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students. So, while we are taking steps to ensure our young leaders thoroughly understand the history of racism and its ties to power in our world, we must do more.
To this end, we express our full support of the petition by members of CU’s Black Student Alliance (BSA), which was sent to the University Administration demanding police reforms for the University of Colorado campus and Boulder at large.
This petition aligns with our core values of scholarship, service, community, and experience: it was developed by young Black scholars in service to our campus community, and it was informed by their experiences with police as well as their expertise and activism. In addition to supporting their demands, we will work to develop a collaborative and supportive relationship between PLC and BSA.
Diversity, inclusion and equity within our program cannot exist if our BIPOC students feel unsafe and unwelcome on campus. We are accountable for ensuring our students’ safety at a university level and understand this statement is only the first step toward improving our campus environment. We encourage other departments and programs to endorse the BSA’s demands as well.
-Official Statement From Staff and Faculty of the Presidents Leadership Class-
The Presidents Leadership Class condemns the May 25th killing of George Floyd and the deaths of every other unarmed life taken by police brutality, including Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others before them, and also condemns the violence committed against peaceful protesters by police. Our program supports the catalyzed response seen around the country by peaceful protesters demanding justice for black lives lost and advocating for the dismantling of systemic racism. Additionally, PLC supports our black, indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) students and alumni and will continue to do so.
PLC fully embraces CU Boulder’s strategic goal of inclusive excellence, where the university becomes a place where diversity and an ingrained commitment to making excellence inclusive define its community and its work. PLC fulfills our committment to our pillars from an operational foundation of inclusive excellence. Click here to read our statement about Inclusive Excellence.