President Schulz and Provost Chilton
The recent threats of violence against historically Black colleges
and universities are a stark and sad reminder of the work that must
still be done to achieve racial justice in the United States.
Continued systematic violence against communities of color during
a time of pandemic that has already cultivated trauma and unrest for
so many of us plays upon the basest forms of racism, and causes more
fear in communities that have historically been the focus of a
catalog of racial terrors. That these threats come at the beginning
of Black History Month underscores the need to understand that
Black history is American history and that, as a society, we
ignore that fact to our own peril.
Washington State University is committed to continue working
toward building a society where equity, respect, and justice
are a reality for all. Until that time, we support those in
our educational community during times of threat so that we
can achieve together our greater promise.
Kirk H. Schulz
Elizabeth S. Chilton
Provost and Executive Vice President
WSU Pullman Chancellor