TU observes Juneteenth with administrative day, classes canceled

June 17, 2020

President Schatzel announced Juneteenth would be an administrative day in 2020 and a holiday beginning in 2021.

Dear TU students, faculty and staff,

This Friday, June 19, is the 155-year anniversary of Juneteenth, the day of remembrance that marks the day in which Union soldiers marched into Galveston, Texas to declare the end of the Civil War and that all slaves should be freed under the Emancipation Proclamation—which was signed two years prior, in 1863.

More than a century and a half later, on this Juneteenth, it has never been more clear than this moment in our history how much work still remains. So it is important that we not only pause to acknowledge structural and persistent inequities of our past, but also recommit ourselves as a community and as individuals to a future free of oppression, racism and violence.

Joining our fellow University System of Maryland institutions and colleagues in reflection and action, I am granting a full day of administrative leave for TU faculty and staff and canceling all summer classes for students on June 19, 2020, in recognition of Juneteenth.

After consulting with the leadership of our TU shared governance groups, beginning with the 2021 calendar year, Juneteenth will be permanently recognized as a paid university holiday at Towson University.

Any questions regarding timesheets and staffing should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 410-704-2162.

I encourage our students, faculty and staff to reference the Juneteenth resources compiled by the Office of Inclusion & Institutional Equity, which include readings, educational resources, webinars and community engagement opportunities in the surrounding area. Let us use this time to reflect, to continue learning and to seek ways to be leaders through this historic period of change.

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.