Dear UD Community,
The recent murder of George Floyd has sparked a global response regarding inequality and racial injustice. The African Heritage Caucus stands in support of George Floyd’s family and citizens across the world who are peacefully protesting and calling for reform against police brutality, racial discrimination and systemic racial inequality. Mr. Floyd’s murder is one of countless injustices that have been committed against people of color since our nation’s inception. As a Caucus, we recognize that members of our community are hurting as we all try to make sense of what feels senseless. It is our hope that we will come together as a community to support and love one another.
Within our UD campus there are examples of injustices and discrimination that go unreported or unresolved. Individually, these incidents deteriorate the relationships between students, faculty and staff that mediate education, research and innovation. Cumulatively, these incidents create an unwelcoming environment for students, staff and faculty of color. We hope that the events of the past few weeks will awaken all members of the campus community to their responsibility to create an environment in which all members of the UD community can feel valued and a sense of belonging. As members of a University community, we each have a personal and professional obligation to stand in unity against racial inequality.
We know a statement is not nearly enough to express the frustration and pain we are experiencing at this time, but it is our hope for authentic diversity, equity and inclusion in the future. We hope you will stand in agreement with us. As a community, we can and must do better.
About the AHC
The African Heritage Caucus Board
“The University of Delaware promotes an environment in which all people are inspired to learn and encourages intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, free inquiry and respect for the views and values of an increasingly diverse population..”
– from the University Mission Statement –
The African Heritage Caucus at University of Delaware: Our aim is to promote a supportive and welcoming environment in which African heritage faculty, professionals and salaried staff can achieve their fullest potential as employees. Our mission is to support the University of Delaware’s commitment to diversity as expressed in its Mission Statement.
Main objectives of the African Heritage Caucus:
- Encourage and facilitate professional and informal networking among members
- Increase members’ awareness of and knowledge about their professional development opportunities at the University of Delaware
- Encourage and support University efforts to make the work environment more welcoming for members.
Members of the African Heritage Caucus – All persons of African heritage employed by the University of Delaware are considered members of the Caucus.
The caucus is a member of the Diversity & Equity Commission.
AHC By-laws – view the current by-laws of the African Heritage Caucus
News & Events – University programs, events, and news submitted by the caucus
AHC Board Members – get to know the board members, and get involved by contacting the AHC Board