Submitted by Camie on Fri, 06/12/2020

Libraries are often described as the heart of an academic community, and our hearts are broken by the wanton destruction of human life with the killings of George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. These are jarring and painful reminders that the 400-year pattern of racial violence against African Americans continues today and in our own state.

There is an important role for libraries, university publishers, and museums in helping to create positive social change, through honest reflection, listening and learning, and thoughtful evolution. The University of Georgia Libraries, including the UGA Press and the Georgia Review, strive to create an environment of acceptance and respect in which all students, faculty, staff, and visitors feel welcomed and represented; however, we acknowledge that we must consistently strive to do better to be a true ally and trustworthy partner to the communities we serve.