heavy hearts and concrete actions

May 28, 2020

Dear SEAS Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I send this email after a painful week in which we have witnessed, yet again, another example of racism and social injustice.

To our entire community, and especially to our students, staff, and faculty of color, I write to acknowledge and condemn the death of George Floyd and to emphasize the commitment of SEAS to create an authentically inclusive and respectful environment for all. In short, we can – and must – do better; not just with our intentions but with our actions.

In the coming weeks, I will be working with the GW Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement to facilitate dialogue within the SEAS community. I want to hear everyone’s ideas about specific steps and concrete actions we can take to not just do better in SEAS but to be leaders for equity, inclusion, and justice in our communities and throughout society.

Even within the context of our physical distancing requirements, it is so important that we care for ourselves and support each other. There are available resources linked in the messages from the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagementand the GW Student Association, and do not hesitate to contact me directly with any ideas or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

John

john lach
John Lach
Dean - School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The George Washington University
(202) 994-6080
[email protected]
https://www.seas.gwu.edu/john-lach