Principles of Community

A Message from the Dean to the Community

While all of us have been struggling to find our foothold in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the whole world watched in horror as the life was taken away from George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in the name of law enforcement.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident involving African-American victims. Within the past few weeks, we have witnessed the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, both black, unarmed, and shot while jogging or sleeping. Our prayers are with all these families who suffered the unthinkable and it appears their only fault is being black.

I have heard words of outrage, sympathy, and a desire for action from many of you. I have also heard the anguish and anxiety that some of you have expressed—just the fear that something like this may happen to you because of the color of your skin.

The Graduate School of Management, like all of UC Davis, thrives on our Principles of Community which rejects discrimination and violence and embraces our differences with respect. These principles are the basis by which we denounce the murder of George Floyd. And these are the principles that we continue to live by, making UC Davis a place where every individual finds their calling and excels in their endeavors.

I invite you to visit the web page addressing racial trauma prepared by the office of our Vice Chancellor Renetta Garrison Tull.

The GSM has always prided itself on being an inclusive workplace and we will continue to support and assist each other in these times of distress. If you have any concerns, please reach out to me, our Chief Diversity Officer Elizabeth Moon or Associate Professor and Diversity Committee Chair Gina Dokko.

To bring us all into a place of learning—I am calling on our community to come together in doing the hard work to Reflect, Learn, Plan & Act. Elizabeth Moon will head this initiative, offering several individual and collaborative activities. To learn more, please sign up here.

Thank you for being part of our community and for your role in our efforts to make the GSM a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

H. Rao Unnava
Dean, Graduate School of Management