Published: June 11, 2020

In light of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs underscores its commitment to racial justice and equality. Too frequently, African Americans and other people of color have been adversely affected by violence and racially motivated acts. It’s beyond time for this to end.

As Chancellor DiStefano noted in his recent statement, feelings of pain, anger and sadness are warranted. While countless lives of African Americans and people of color have been lost, we can honor their memories by expressing the need for change. Peaceful demonstrations and contacting lawmakers to advocate for change are ways in which we can honor those lost. It’s time to fundamentally reform the system that has oppressed far too many for far too long.  

We join all those in the postdoc and broader CU Boulder community who are in grief and affected by these senseless, racist acts of violence. There are a host of campus resources available to postdocs to provide support and counseling during these trying times. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Postdoctoral Association of Colorado (PAC Boulder) will also be announcing training opportunities to ensure there is campus awareness and sensitivity around racial and other diverse backgrounds.

In Solidarity,

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs