Dean's statement on violence in Charlottesville

Dear School of Education community members,

The University Council for Educational Administration, located in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, distributed the resources below in light of the tragic and extremely disturbing events that occurred in Charlottesville last weekend. Many of you know that I called UVA and Charlottesville home for the first 13 years of my academic career. My children were born there and still call it home.

I applaud the Governor’s comments in the aftermath of Saturday’s events. It would be wrong, however, to conclude that the perpetrators of the racially motivated violence we saw Saturday were solely “outsiders.” Although there is no doubt that many of them were from other places, it is also true that racism exists in all communities and that we each have a role to play in its eradication. Schools of education, in particular, play a vitally important role in helping all students develop sensitivity to, and appreciation for, diversity.

Our diverse community makes us stronger, more effective, and more able to address the complex issues confronting our schools and communities today. Thank you for all you do to help us come closer to creating a racially just society.

In solidarity,