Black Lives Matter: The SF State community responds

Mural of Cesar Chavez and Malcolm X

A mural on SF State’s student center depicting Cesar Chavez and Malcolm X.

University groups affirm support for racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death

San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney was among the first university presidents to address a series of tragic events in our nation including the death of George Floyd while in police custody. A historian, President Mahoney cites “the United States’ long history of persistent racism” and calls on all Americans to fight the “division, hatred, intolerance and ignorance” that still plagues the nation.

“We need to recognize and challenge power imbalances and inequities. And we must become even better at modeling this commitment as a university now as much as ever. There is much more to be done. And we all need to do it,” President Lynn Mahoney writes.

The full statement can be read on the President’s website

In addition, several other divisions and groups affiliated with San Francisco State have issued statements in response to recent protests, and SF State’s Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning is offering faculty the opportunity to engage with colleagues on trauma-informed teaching, and equity and inclusion in online environments.

Anti-racism statements from SF State

Anti-racism resources at SF State

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