A regarding Juneteenth was sent to the university community on Thursday.
Dear TU students, faculty & staff,
Last spring amid a national reckoning regarding racial injustice and white supremacy, the Towson University community came together to act. TU offered programming and our community held demonstrations and marches in support of Black Lives Matter.
In June of last year, President Schatzel announced our community would observe Juneteenth as an administrative leave day and a university holiday for all faculty and staff. Classes were canceled so students might also participate.
Additionally, TU announced that it would observe Juneteenth as a university holiday each year beginning in 2021, the first university in the University System of Maryland (USM) to do so.
Juneteenth is a day of remembrance held annually on June 19 to mark the day Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas, to share the news of the end of the Civil War and the freeing of all enslaved people under the Emancipation Proclamation — which was signed two years prior, in 1863.
On Wednesday, USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman shared plans for a system-wide administrative leave day to observe Juneteenth on June 18, 2021, which will replace the annual university holiday that TU has established. All academic instruction will be canceled for June 18, as well.
Consistent with past practice, TU’s Office of Human Resources will consult the leadership of shared governance groups in determining options to reassign the university holiday from June 18 to another date on the 2021 calendar.
As Dr. Perman stated in his message, we too "hope the hours of reflection this day provides can help us gather strength for what lies ahead—for we’re just starting our work to examine and redress our part in anti-Black racism and systemic inequities that so badly disadvantage people and communities of color."
Additional information regarding the university’s programming around Juneteenth—through the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity and other campus partners—and plans for the reassignment of the holiday will be shared in future website and email communications.
Thank you for your continued support of our community.