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President's Message to Campus - June 2, 2020

This past week has been very difficult. The tragic killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, has brought forth much sadness, anger and grief. Thousands of people at rallies, protests and vigils across the nation are speaking out against police brutality and racially motivated violence.   

It is heartbreaking to see the continued racial injustices happening every day in our country. On March 31, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last sermon, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution” at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. There he spoke about the “appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.’” Those words resonated then and still have a profound resonance today, more than 50 years later. We cannot continue to wait on time to heal our country. We cannot wait for others to do this important work Dr. King set out to do. It is our time. All of us must speak up. Stand up. Do the next right thing. Show support for our students, friends, colleagues and neighbors of color who are struggling to bear the weight of these senseless acts being committed every day in cities large and small across the nation. Please reach out to them, let them know they are not alone.

At Ferris State University we will continue our work of addressing systemic racism and injustice, of working with people of all colors with respect, and of building communities that are safe, supportive and inclusive of all. On Wednesday, June 3 at 10 a.m. the University-wide Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be meeting to hear and gather each other’s thoughts on the recent events surrounding Mr. Floyd’s death and discuss recommendations on specific actions that can be taken at our University. If you would like to be a part of this conversation, please e-mail Patty Terryn for the Zoom login credentials.

Dr. King also said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We must not remain indifferent. We must stand together, and act together, to condemn the systemic racism that enables these evil acts and senseless tragedies.

David L. Eisler, president