Dear Members of the Trinity Community:
As the events of recent days unfold, many of us have been active on social media and elsewhere in expressing our condemnation of anti-Black racism, and the continued racism and structural oppression that affects so many of our communities. We also think it is important to send out a more direct message to affirm our solidarity with the Black community and all other communities targeted by systemic violence and discrimination and to reflect on what actions our own community might take.
This is not the time to be silent. Racism and discrimination must find no place in our community.
That is why along with the rest of the University of Toronto community, we support the U of T statement and initiatives of the Anti-racism and Cultural Diversity Office. We also know that these are deep issues that manifest themselves in many different ways in our own lives, communities and institutions, including Trinity College. With the support and commitment of many of you, we have been working to build a more inclusive college community. But there is much more to be done.
We are committed to working with students, faculty, staff and the community to identify steps we can take to ensure meaningful and positive change. As a member of the Trinity community, I welcome any thoughts or suggestions that you might have. I invite you to send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (correspondence will remain confidential). We are listening, and we will reflect on your feedback and work with the community to help to create the change that is so needed.
We know how distressing events are right now. If you need support during this extremely difficult time, please know that you are not alone and that in addition to those of us here at the college, other resources are also available:
I look forward to hearing from you and to working with you.
I wish all of you well,
Provost & Vice-Chancellor