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A Message from Dean Sanjay Ramchander

Dear McCoy College students, faculty, and staff:

In light of the jury’s verdict in the murder trial of George Floyd, I write this message to simply acknowledge the intense emotions and the profound weight of this moment that we all feel. This past year has been challenging for all of us – but none more difficult than what our students, faculty and staff in the Black community have had to endure.

Events leading up to and surrounding the trial have forced a national reckoning on issues of race and justice, and how systemic inequality has resulted in sharply disparate and divergent outcomes in individual and societal wellbeing. The fight for equality and respect represents an intergenerational struggle, one that underscores our responsibility in continuing to confront and dismantle structures of racism and oppression that exist in our society.

Therefore, in this time of reflection and resolve, it is my fervent hope that we can all look out for one another with care and compassion.  I want to let our Black community and people of color know that you are supported and valued in the McCoy College. Your unique voices, identities, and experiences add to the richness of our learning community and make us better.

President Trauth has reached out to the university community reminding us to uphold Texas State's values of respect, compassion and dignity; to reject hate, bigotry and violence; and to embrace civil discourse in our engagement with one another. I encourage you to take part in the several listening sessions and dialogs being planned by Texas State's Institutional Inclusive Excellence in support of our Bobcat community. It is my sincere hope that you will benefit from participating in these programs, gain comfort and understanding, and begin the healing process.

Now, as we approach the end of the academic year after facing numerous disruptions and challenges from the pandemic, we all long for a return to normal – a normal where we can once again fully reengage and rejoice in the life and traditions of our campus. But, let it be known that the normalcy we seek, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is also one of "brotherhood, true peace, and justice." At the McCoy College of Business, we remain steadfast in our commitment to achieving this vision of a just and equitable society.

Wishing you well...

Regards,

Sanjay Ramchander

Dean, McCoy College of Business

Darren Casey Professor of Business