May 31, 2020
To the McGeorge Community,
We write to you from a place of grief stemming from several events of racial injustice that have occurred in recent weeks culminating in the tragic event in Minneapolis. We write to you from a place of grief because non-violent protesting of police brutality and the needless, wanton killing of George Floyd, was met in some American cities with violent reaction from police. We write to you from a place of grief because police officers in some American cities have harassed and arrested American press who were trying report on these tragedies and their impact. If you are suffering, please know that you are not alone, and we are with you. In recent days and weeks, the persistent scourges of American racism have been layered onto the relentless pain we were all already feeling because of COVID-19 deaths, illness, isolation, food insecurity, and unemployment, all of which have been most keenly felt by the black and brown members of our communities.
We wish we had better words to express our own sadness and our desire to support all of you. Many of us were attracted to law and legal education for its power to create change and give voice to the concerns of the oppressed. Moments like this one can cause us to lose faith in the pursuit. We hope, instead, that we can lean on each other and feel inspired to even greater effort to produce the just and equal society of which we all dream, and for which, as lawyers, we strive to create. Recalling the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
We are here for you; if we can support you in any way, we hope you will give us the chance to do so. If you can help us to make McGeorge a place for dialogue, transformation, and change, we welcome your thoughts and actions.
Michael Hunter Schwartz, Interim Provost, Dean, McGeorge School of Law
Michael Colatrella, Interim Dean and Professor of Law
Mary-Beth Moylan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Experiential Learning
Rachael Salcido, Associate Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Professor of Law
Tracy L. Simmons, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
Jennifer Carr, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Molly Stafford, Assistant Dean of Career Development and External Relations