Ringling College Community,
It is with deep sadness that I write this message regarding the loss of the life of Mr. George Floyd. I do so because I feel it is incumbent upon me personally and as President of Ringling College of Art and Design to speak out against the violence that continues to be perpetrated upon communities of color in this country.
I mourn for all whose lives have been taken by senseless acts of violence, including, for example, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more. I mourn for their families and loved ones. I call on all of us to learn from these tragedies. We must do and be better to be a just nation where the lives of Black and other communities of color are cherished and valued. We must all stand against ignorance and hate if we are to spur change. There must no longer be room for racism, oppression, and brutality in our thoughts, words, and actions.
We are challenged with these unprecedented times. As an educational and cultural institution, we are uniquely able to bring people together to build a better tomorrow. I am proud to lead an institution filled with creative, sensitive, and caring people who are committed to justice and to working together to get to a place of healing.
May health and peace be with you and your families.
President, Ringling College of Art and Design
And we are a community comprised of beliefs and backgrounds from every corner of the world.
That’s why we elevate, support, and empower our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters to celebrate their differences in an environment of trust and respect.
Art and design exists and thrives through diversity. Diversity of thought and perspective shapes cultures and conversations. It comprises the foundation on which Ringling College is built.
Every member of our community adds to who we are: a dedicated, curious, quirky, and talented blend of creatives. We are relentless in our pursuit of brilliance and uncompromising in our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
And you are welcome here.