Eliminating Racial Injustices and Social Inequities: President Kelly

John Kelly, FAU President

A long overdue and important conversation around systemic racism and violence against Black people in America has awakened our country. The injustices and violence that marginalized the experiences of people of color, particularly Black/African Americans, at the hands of those in positions of authority is real and devastating. Florida Atlantic University condemns and will not tolerate such acts of violence, and is dedicated to addressing racism, discrimination and injustices in all aspects of university life.

Ranked among the most racially and ethnically diverse institutions in the country, FAU’s commitment to diversity does not stop at the make-up of our student body. We recognize that in order to dismantle systemic discrimination we must take actions to ensure our students, faculty and staff have the opportunities, support and resources necessary to succeed in their academic and professional lives. We also recognize that eradicating racism requires developing responsible citizens by examining the ways power and privilege affect society and by developing pathways to meaningful, positive and lasting change.

With input from the Florida Atlantic University Diversity Council, some of our immediate measures include:

  • Expanding the focus of the diversity platform to include social justice and equity
  • Identifying university initiatives where social justice and equity dialogues and professional development opportunities can be incorporated
  • Developing a university-wide diversity and inclusion statement to be included in recruitment materials
  • Continue to provide educational platforms for students, faculty and staff to learn and discuss issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity

With educational programs spearheaded by entities such as the FAU Diversity Council; Peace, Justice, and Human Rights initiative; the Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy; the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education; and the Women and Gender Equity Resource Center, FAU is not only coming together in conversation, but actively building on existing initiatives and seeking new ones. We invite you to visit www.fau.edu/diversity-platform to learn more about FAU’s ongoing efforts to diversity, inclusion and equity.

John Kelly