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A Message to Students

Dear Student Leaders,

We are writing today in response to the recent events concerning the killing of George Floyd and the current national climate regarding justice reform. Please know that we in the Division of Student Affairs share your pain, sadness, frustration, and anger in continuing to witness injustice. We want everyone in our communities of color and beyond to know that we are thinking of you, that you are a part of our U family. We will continue to stand with you on issues of injustice.

One of our priorities is preparing you, as students, to thrive in a diverse and global society by educating you on how to positively contribute to and benefit from an inclusive environment. We are committed to that priority now more than ever.

This afternoon, we participated in Discussing America Today—hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs and the Counseling Centerduring which more than 115 students, faculty, and staff came together to share our pain and discuss positive next steps to help our community heal and make a change in our society. If you or a friend would like to learn more or participate in future events, please contact Multicultural Student Affairs at or 305-284-2855.

As many of you continue to process these events and your own thoughts, please know that we are here for you. If you or a peer are having challenges or would like to talk to someone during this difficult time, please consider utilizing counseling services available via our 24-hour counseling hotline at 305-284-5511 (select option #1).

’Canes Care for ’Canes—we look out for one another, especially in times of conflict and unrest. If you are concerned about a peer, please let us know and we will reach out directly to provide support.

In the coming weeks, we plan to convene a group of student leaders and University administrators, representing areas across our University to discuss various issues related to these recent events along with continued discussions regarding COVID-19. It is imperative that we continue fostering spaces for dialogue to adapt to the needs of our students and the broader University of Miami community.

Finally, please know that we are committed to supporting you and advocating for justice. We are here for you. Do not hesitate to reach out at any time.

Together, we will persevere and collectively help our communities become better.


Dr. Patricia A. Whitely
Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Ryan C. Holmes
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dr. Reneé Dickens Callan
Executive Director for Student Life
Mr. Christopher A. Clarke
Director of Multicultural Student Affairs