Today, the University of Nebraska system will share its budget with the Board of Regents in preparation for review by the board on June 26. As President Carter noted in his email this morning, “Our (system) budget proposal reflects the very real challenges before us. It also charts a multi-year path forward for addressing those challenges and laying the groundwork for long-term growth and success.”
Thank you for all of your efforts as we have led through the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The shifting of our academic enterprise to one of remote learning, and now, determining how to safely shift back to in-person instruction has been and continues to be an incredible undertaking. And while we have become a largely remote workforce, many have selflessly been physically on our campus – serving the students still in our residential halls and maintaining the critical infrastructure of our institution. I want to especially thank all in our community who have been on the front lines of our campus during this time.
This past Saturday, I shared my sadness in the unjust and senseless death of George Floyd and of too many other Black lives. As I said then, racism in any form is wrong and has no place in our lives, our communities or our institutions. Yet it remains.
This week shook me to my core in many ways. I listened to and engaged with the Black voices in our community and have reflected upon where we find ourselves in this moment of our national and institutional history on this issue.