I hope this message finds you well amidst Covid 19 and the political unrest taking place in our country.
In 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote that the problem of the 20th century is the problem of color. In 2020, the problem of color continues to affect African Americans everywhere. The most recent atrocity is the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis.
The Minority Faculty and Staff Association is outraged by the killing of George Floyd and by the deadly force so often used on African Americans by police in America.
We acknowledge the pain and frustration behind the protests taking place both in our community, in the country and even around the world. These protests represent the voices of previously unheard Black and Brown Americans who have suffered from police brutality for many years.
We stand in support of our community and acknowledge that this incident and others, like the killing of Breonna Taylor, Amadou Diallo, Philandro Castile, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Sandra Bland, point to systematic racism throughout America and in the criminal justice system.
We need to immediately address and reform the Injustices in our systems so that the American justice system is designed to protect and serve ALL Americans. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
The Minority Faculty and Staff Association Executive Board
The Minority Faculty and Staff Association began in 1976, under the leadership of Retired School of Education Professor Edward Jenkins. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life and campus climate by promoting participation and inclusion of all people of color in the workforce at the University. To that end we support the faculty/staff recruitment and retention efforts, networking and mentoring among faculty, staff, and students and lastly, establishing and maintaining positive community links. Today, the Minority Faculty and Staff Association sponsors activities such as:
The Minority Faculty and Staff Association takes pride in its talented membership and works diligently for the betterment for all faculty, staff, and students of color at the University at Buffalo.
The next meeting will be announced following the monthly Executive Board meeting.
Learn more about the event