June 4, 2020
Dear UTeach Community,
One hundred years since the Tulsa Massacre, and fifty-two years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the murder of George Floyd is a stark reminder that we, as educators, along with our educational systems, have much work to do to address the social injustices pervading our society. We acknowledge the intense pain and fear being experienced by Black, indigenous, and people of color across our community. We commit to working harder together to recognize, name, and actively work against systemic racism, particularly when we see it play out in schools. We have begun conversations about how UTeach can and must respond and fight against educational inequities more inclusively and effectively. This work is a top priority. We will be providing more information in the near future about how you might contribute to plans to further strengthen our collective efforts. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to us personally or others throughout the network with your thoughts and suggestions.
Steve Case, President, UTeach STEM Educators Association
Pat McGuire, Vice President, UTeach STEM Educators Association
Kimberly Hughes, Director, The UTeach Institute