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A moment of Silence for George Floyd, June 2 at NOON

Aloha mai kākou

I share President Lassner's message below that “We can and must create a climate of aloha for all…”  We have a kuleana to stand against racism and injustice.  We aspire as one of our institutional learning outcomes to produce and perpetuate safe, healthy learning and professional environments that are respectful of social and individual diversity.   We call out any form of “ism” and stand in solidarity against oppression and violence. 

The infuriating and deeply saddening murder of George Floyd has created yet another moment in our history, where centuries of structural injustices can no longer be ignored. At our Kauhale, we rise to the calling and the challenge of being more and doing more to combat issues of systemic inequities. Let’s not cover our ears when the day is done, but instead look at how we can help to dismantle the individual, institutional, and societal forms of oppression that continue to rear their heads time and again.

Our call to action comes in many forms.  It includes how we each contribute in fostering equity in our student success efforts, dismantling the barriers to student access and success that exist in our own structures and policies.   Instructor, Tagi Qolovaki shared that “For our multiply-diverse kauhale, it is important that we always speak up against anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity (especially anti-Hawaiian), anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, etc. and that we support and encourage anti-oppression education that centers these issues.”

We have a responsibility to affect change in a meaningful way in the communities we serve. And it starts with our commitment to undertake deep and difficult self-reflection examining our own prejudices and understanding of our own privileges.  It reminds me of Hawaiian proverb, an ʻōlelo noʻeau that says, “E hoʻi i ka piko.” In the Hawaiian worldview, true transformation comes with Piko ʻī or open mind, Piko ʻō or open heart and Piko ʻā or open will. Through our pikos, we can heed to this call for action to achieving equality and justice for all.   

As a learning community, we offer you the following resources to reflect upon and to support your actions.

In closing, I invite you to join me tomorrow at noon via ZOOM for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence for George Floyd.  

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Meeting ID: 953 9461 9102

Password: 728562

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In solidarity

Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas

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