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Statement from the Dean of the Graduate School

The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina Wilmington mourns the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless people of color.  Mindful of Wilmington’s own history of barbarous racism, we stand in anger at witnessing acts of hatred and bigotry, both overt and in code, and are shamed that members of our own university community use their voices to sow intolerance and division.

The Graduate School unequivocally supports the principles and aspirations embodied in the Seahawk Respect Compact, created in 2008 and reaffirmed by campus leadership in 2019.  In this affirmation, we join our voices to fully commit ourselves to support and provide access to marginalized communities, as well as to constant self-examination to ensure that our own processes do not perpetuate systemic racism, sexism, or other forms of institutionalized discrimination.  Moreover, in reaffirming our commitment to the Seahawk Respect Compact, the Graduate School condemns and disavows the vile and inexcusable language and actions that are too often used to denigrate and silence our fellow humans.  When that language comes from within our own university, we can and must do better.  It does not reflect the values of the Graduate School.

Seahawk Respect Compact

In the pursuit of excellence, UNC Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff and the broader community.

~ We affirm the dignity of all persons. ~

~ We promote the right of every person to participate in the free exchange of thoughts and opinions within a climate of civility and mutual respect. ~

~ We strive for openness and mutual understanding to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions. ~

~ We foster an environment of respect for each individual, even where differences exist, by eliminating prejudice and discrimination through education and interaction with others. ~

~ Therefore, we expect members of the campus community to honor these principles as fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access to and inclusion in a community that nurtures learning and growth for all. ~

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