A statement from Dean Merit E. Janow sent to students, faculty, and staff on June 1:
Dear Members of the SIPA Community,
The School of International and Public Affairs stands firmly with the University in condemning the deaths of Black Americans George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others. These injustices have renewed demonstrations across this country in protest of racism and violence against Blacks, and all people of color. We recognize the pain, fear, and anger this causes, amplified by the disproportionately devastating effect of Covid-19 within communities of color and the poor. We affirm the dignity and equality of all persons and reject bigotry, discrimination, and racism in all forms.
In times like these, we reflect upon our mission – to impart the leadership, skills, and knowledge needed to engage critical public policy challenges in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. As leaders in public policy and international affairs, members of the SIPA community play an important role in defending the dignity and humanity of every member of our global society. These moments remind us of our duty and, sadly, highlight the difficult challenges we face in pursuing equality for all.
Merit E. Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs
Professor of Practice, International Economic Law and International Affairs