President Schatzel’s statement on the killing of George Floyd

May 29, 2020

Towson University President Kim Schatzel issued the following message to campus regarding the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd.

Dear TU Community —

Like many of you, I am saddened and angered by the death of Mr. George Floyd resulting from an egregious act of violence.

Joined by my fellow University System of Maryland institution presidents, and on behalf of the entire Towson University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Floyd’s family and friends. We stand united with the Minneapolis community, and all of those calling for and demanding accountability and justice. 

I want to acknowledge that events like this have a powerful impact on many members of our community. Such violence, coupled with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on our Black and Latinx communities, is reprehensible—more evidence of the structural racism and socioeconomic inequities that persist in our country.

With this in mind, our university community must be even more committed to our mission to build and foster a more inclusive environment free of racism and condemn these acts whenever and wherever they happen.

As a community of scholars we hold a special responsibility to raise our voices to condemn the violence against people of color and other marginalized groups. It must stop.  It is up to all of us to lead, and model civility and respect, and hold true to our values of diversity and inclusion that support all members of our community to thrive, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or levels of ableness.

We must come together to support and care for each other and not forget that each of us is empowered to stand up to this injustice whenever and wherever it occurs.

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.