This week many of us joined together to honor the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our annual MLK Symposium is a tradition that began in 1986 and has become one of the largest university celebrations of its kind in the nation. Thanks to everyone who attended one of the events and made this year’s Symposium a success!
In his introductory remarks before this year’s keynote address by actor and author Hill Harper, President Schlissel said that our MLK Symposium “reflects our desire to do good in the world and help build a better, more equitable, more just, and more peaceful society.” One important part of the work we are doing to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment here on campus is our first-ever campus-wide Climate Survey. The goal of the survey is to more fully understand the current experiences of our community and to create a baseline for tracking our progress on diversity, equity and inclusion over time.
As part of this effort, we asked each of you to participate in the All-Staff Climate Survey last March. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide your candid feedback. Look for an email from your senior leader next week with the results of the survey, both for B&F overall and for each of our divisions. I encourage you to dig into the reports and talk about the findings. We have work to do. Yet we also have a lot of great examples within B&F that we can learn from and build on.
I look forward to continuing the conversation about what steps we can take – as an organization and as individuals – to ensure that everyone in B&F feels welcome, included and supported.
With much appreciation and gratitude,