UA Honors College: US Built on a Foundation of "White Supremacy"
In a letter to Honor Students at the Unversity of Arizona, Dean Terry Hunt says "This country is built on a foundation of systemic racism, discrimination, and white supremacy.". Well, that country facilitated a system that this guy is making $230,000/year working at a college that lets him spout such drivel. Nothing better than rich white guys bemoaning the country that made them rich. Maybe he will tithe to BLM to soothe his troubled soul.
Now is the time for justice and healing. The Honors College is committed to doing the work.
This country is built on a foundation of systemic racism, discrimination, and white supremacy. To dismantle systems that perpetuate racism, discrimination, and oppression, we must acknowledge their existence and take steps to eliminate them. Much of this begins with awareness and education. We commit to taking the first of many steps to create an anti-racist community through self-reflection, readings, challenging discussions, trainings and workshops. The Honors College leadership, faculty, and staff commit to doing the critical work to raise our consciousness to better support our students
We agree with the Coalition of Black Students and Allies that:
“A letter that lacks compassion is not good enough.
An Instagram post that lacks compassion is not good enough.
Empty words and promises are not good enough.
Avoidance and silence? Absolutely disrespectful, and not good enough.”
We are developing actionable plans with intention to lift up our community, rather than do harm. We will be thoughtful and continue to evaluate
We are Honors. Strong. Together.
On behalf of the Honors College staff and faculty
Dr. Terry Hunt, Dean
Dr. John Pollard, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Curricular Innovation
Dr. Karna Walter, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement
Dr. Cheree Meeks, Assistant Dean for Programs, Diversity & Inclusion