Message from the Chancellor June 2nd, 2020

June 2, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Like many members of the UIS community, I am heartbroken and outraged to have witnessed the recent act of violence against George Floyd, a member of the African American community in Minneapolis. The senseless killing of yet another Black man by police officers is deeply disturbing and totally unacceptable.

At the University of Illinois Springfield, we believe in creating a space where acceptance, appreciation, and celebration of our differences is greater than hate and racism. UIS develops citizen leaders who embrace and expect diversity and who are prepared to contribute toward an inclusive community that recognizes the value of every person.

At this difficult time, each of us can do our part by offering support and solidarity to those who are hurting and helping others understand the importance of embracing diversity and standing up for justice. To members of our UIS community — students, faculty and staff — who have been exercising your First Amendment right to assemble and using your voices in peaceful protest – thank you so much. You are Leadership lived, and I want you to know I am proud of you and I appreciate your activism. Please stay safe.

I encourage each of us to use this difficult period to model the compassion so needed at this time. Knowing the collective “star power” of the UIS community, I am confident we can recommit to dismantling racism and creating a more just and equitable society.

Sincerely,

Chancellor Koch

P.S. Students, I stand with you. The UIS Counseling Center is available to listen to and support you. Faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program provides confidential counseling and other resources to help navigate this challenging time.