Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
On Monday, June 19, the University of Redlands will pause to observe Juneteenth, a day that marks the end of slavery in the United States.
As we celebrate this important date, we reaffirm our dedication to building our own inclusive community, where together, we aim to ensure that everyone feels valued, heard, and empowered to contribute their unique talents to the betterment of society.
While progress has been made, our work is still far from complete. The important strides that you, our students, faculty, and staff, have made in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus deserve continued and hearty recognition. I know that our work continues with diligence and excellence, and I remain inspired by what our University can achieve when we work together.
As John Lewis said, “[We] must never, ever give up. We must keep the faith because we are one people. We are brothers and sisters. We all live in the same house: The American house.” We must work together to heal our communities and our nation, acknowledge our challenging history, and together, find a better future so all may have equal and abundant opportunities for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
This afternoon, our campus will host the Juneteenth Freedom Awards, highlighting many of those who have been a force for positive change in our community. This event is part of the 5th Annual Redlands Juneteenth Celebration, and I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy the exciting events planned.
I wish you a hopeful and inspiring Juneteenth.
Yours in solidarity,
Krista L. Newkirk