April 20, 2021 - A message from Chancellor Kristin Sobolik

Dear UMSL Community,

The beginning of 2021 brought us all hopeful optimism that we as a global community would soon begin to move beyond the effects of the pandemic and embrace the new normal ahead. While I hold on to that optimism, I also recognize that this year has brought with it bitter and sometimes daily reminders of continued acts of racism, discrimination, inequity and violence in our society.

As the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has reached its conclusion, I write to remind us that racism and bigotry have no place at UMSL. The death of George Floyd and the loss of so many others to senseless violence – including recent mass shootings, police actions, and hate crimes against our Asian American communities – demonstrate that change must take place for us to realize a higher ideal of equity and respect, in our country, in our communities, on our campus and in our daily interactions.

I know that these incidents are disheartening, at times feel overwhelming, and can weigh heavily on our campus community. I want you to know that your UMSL family is here for you and we care deeply for your health and well-being. We have many resources available, both to address reports of discrimination and harassment as well as to provide support. Those include our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Institutional Safety/Police Department, Title IX Office, Health, Counseling and Disability Access Services, and Student Advocacy and Care. Additionally, the Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff.

We strive to foster an inclusive, welcoming environment where every member of the UMSL community may thrive. Even in our progress, there is still much work to be done and I urge you to take care of each other and know that each one of us is a valued member of this university community.

Sincerely,

Kristin Sobolik

Chancellor
University of Missouri–St. Louis