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MRU condemns racism and stands with Black Lives Matter

Tim Rahilly, PhD • Posted July 2, 2020

Since my post on June 5 when I shared my personal views and the need for dialogue regarding systemic racism, numerous people have reached out to me in emails, social media posts and public letters. I’ve received criticisms, suggestions and offers of support — all of which I appreciate.

I’ve also had the valuable opportunity to meet and listen to a number of Black faculty, staff and students. They described their experiences of racism, in general, and at Mount Royal University. They expressed their hopes that it could be different.

These conversations reinforced my belief that much work needs to be done in issuing a statement and taking action, at both the department and program level and across the entire University.

Let me be unequivocally clear. Mount Royal University condemns racism against those who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and we stand with Black Lives Matter.

We must seize on the renewed sense of urgency and groundswell of support to declare our commitment and put words into action. I balance this with the advice I’ve received to choose our words carefully and make sure that the actions taken are meaningful and lasting.

I’ve already sought this input across the University from those in leadership roles on our Deans' Council. I will also form a presidential advisory committee to include those who have experienced racism from a faculty, staff, student and alumni perspective and those who have expertise in this area. Their lived-experience and wisdom will guide our words and actions.

An education and experience at Mount Royal must be welcoming and inclusive for all. You can expect more progress and communication in the weeks ahead.

If you would like to provide input into this work please email comments@mtroyal.ca.

Tim