June 18, 2021
On the eve of June 17 of this year, we reflect on the significance of June 19, 1865, a day now commemorated as a federal holiday to mark the end of slavery in the United States. As leaders of the University of Utah, we echo the call to use this new national holiday as a day of reflection and action.
While we recognize this important national legislation as a critical step in our country’s work to address our history of racism, we recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done. Our efforts to dismantle systemic racism require continued attention and a strong commitment to fostering this work on our campus.
To that end, the university fully endorses the June resolution of the Utah higher education system which calls on higher education to continue its commitments and actions to advance fairness, justice and accountability. You can read the full resolution from USHE here.
As you reflect on Juneteenth, we ask that you take the time to learn about the ongoing work of our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion team, as well as what Juneteenth means to members of our University community. Both of these resources are available here:
We look forward to celebrating and commemorating this important day in the years to come with programming and events that mark the significance of this event. We encourage everyone at all levels of the university to do the same.
Michael Bon | Acting President
Dan Reed | Senior Vice-President, Academic Affairs
Mary Ann Villarreal | Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Lori McDonald | Vice-President of Student Affairs
Jeff Herring | Human Resources Director
This press release was produced by the University of Utah. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.