IUF Statement on Recent Events with Regard to Racism and Prejudice
To all members of the IU Foundation community,
I want to recognize the anger, frustration, and sadness concerning recent events with regard to racism and prejudice. I also extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and countless others who have been affected by violent acts of hate and racism both now and in the past. Although these unjust acts have been covered and discussed extensively in the last week, we must acknowledge that tragedies such as these have been occurring for many decades and are unacceptable.
Without question, the IUF is made up of people motivated by a desire to do good in the world. It is who we are. It is what we try to do every day. Therefore, it is IUF's responsibility to speak up and act. For our African American colleagues, donors, alumni and wider communities where we live and work, the IUF stands with you and cares. I do not have all the answers about how we can best be part of the solution, but will take opportunities like this to call attention to and challenge systemic racial injustice. We will take the time to listen, to learn, and to understand how we can best help.
The IU Foundation does not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind or in any form, which we affirm through our Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Beyond words on a page, we strive to live out the meaning of these ideals, and exist to support an institution in Indiana University who believes the same. We will continue to move forward with IUF's developing strategic plan priorities to include and bring forth more diverse and underrepresented voices, both within our workforce and board of directors. IUF protects and supports employees of color, and we will do whatever we can to show empathy for our diverse communities. We are mindful that the recent news cycle exacts a heavy emotional and mental toll on so many.
For those of you who want to know how best to act as allies, I encourage all of us to lead and set an example for others with whom we are connected. Now more than ever, we must educate ourselves and others on Black history, seek to learn and understand systemic injustices, consume media focused on African American experience and culture, understand and recognize implicit bias, stay informed on current issues and events, inspire others to act, march alongside the marginalized, sign petitions, voice concerns to our elected leaders, give time and resources to organizations doing essential work for Black lives, and vote.
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King are a reminder to me that, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Thank you for speaking up and taking action.
President & CEO
Indiana University Foundation