Statement from VP Curtis Reynolds on racial justice
Concerning the recent national (worldwide) attention of injustice, racism, and violence against Black Americans and people of color; I condemn these acts and affirm my beliefs of fair and equitable treatment of all people.
I support and affirm the university’s position against actions of bigotry and hatred. In these times we shall fortify our bonds of mission and purpose to all and especially those that look to us as beacons and lighthouses guiding a path to a greater good.
Being an African American man, I could share my own personal experiences and stories of racism, but I choose a different path to share…one of hope, courage and perseverance.
We will always face obstacles as we live through life’s cycle of challenges, but it is up to us as individuals on how we respond and promote change for the betterment of mankind.
I have adopted the following characteristics that have helped me persevere and to always find my path.
- Be Fair…treat all people justly as you would treat yourself; no buddy systems or favoritism.
- Be Firm…say what you mean and mean what you say; stick to it…word is bond.
- Be Factual…tell the truth, be honest; don’t sugar-coat it.
- Be Friendly…demonstrate kindness towards others; compassion and understanding lives forever.
- Be Knowledgeable…learn and grow amongst others with differences and similarities; education is a shared responsibility.
On behalf of the more than 1200 employees of Business Affairs, we support and value the diversity represented at the university and within our organization. We take pride in our services with the intent to be complete, reliable, accurate and above all; to exceed customer needs and expectations. We work together to achieve the goals of our organization and the university. We desire a culture of trust, respect and consideration for others. We maintain a positive outlook by taking pride in our work and ownership for a higher level of commitment to our customers.
Business Affairs is a diverse and inclusive organization that serves the university in a variety of ways; from assuring the cleanliness of our buildings and manicuring our grounds, to maintaining a safe campus community for students, faculty, staff and thousands of visitors every day.
In closing, I’m reminded of the following quote:
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”