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June 5, 2020

Dear members of the Tufts University community,

In recent days, we have seen an outpouring of justified anger over the deaths of — and continued acts of violence against – Black people in our country. These recent injustices add to a growing list of despairingly similar outrages. People have poured into the streets to demand justice and to bring about change.

I know that many members of the Tufts community have lent their voices to this chorus. I want you to know that I share you anger; I share your outrage; and I join you in demanding that these injustices stop. I also know that words are not enough.

In the spirit of active citizenship that we embrace at Tufts and that we work to instill in our students, I encourage you all to answer this call and to work together to improve our communities to ensure they are free from the systemic racism that persists in our society. As I said in my recent message to the community, our current circumstances have driven us apart, but we all share this moment and responsibility.

I invite you to join members of the community in a university-wide gathering in response to racial injustice this coming Monday, June 8, at 12:00 noon to mark the injustice and violence that has been inflicted on Black Americans, and to commit ourselves to meaningful individual and collective action going forward. We will be gathering virtually at: https://tufts.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2TH779VZRUOi8sCBvsu77Q.

We will be sharing more information about additional programs to address these issues at Monday’s gathering and in coming days. I hope you will join us on Monday.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco