HEREFORD STATEMENT

HEREFORD STATEMENT

In light of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless others before and after them, and hateful sentiments and actions directed at Asian-identified individuals around the country, we would like to offer a statement to the Hereford community in order to share our thoughts and commitments.


Hereford Residential College stands with our fellow residential colleges and affirms the statement released by the Residential College Society. We recognize that our historic university was built by enslaved people and is home to a legacy of eugenics. While we cannot change our past, we as a community dedicate ourselves to address the racial injustices of the past and present with the intention to eradicate their future prevalence. 

To the Black and African-American-identified residents of Hereford, we want to say this: It is impossible for those of us who are not Black to fully comprehend the level of suffering and pain caused by police brutality and racial animus in this country. However, we radically empathize with you. We commit ourselves to listening to and learning from you. We pledge ourselves to work together in solidarity with you to combat the systemic racism that plagues our society and our school.

To the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) and Asian-identified international student residents of Hereford: we extend the same radical empathy to you. We have witnessed with sadness and outrage the many crimes and aggressions perpetrated against Asian-identified individuals around the country, and we condemn such actions in the strongest possible terms. You are valued members of our community.

Hereford considers any racially motivated injustice as a threat to our community and values. In keeping with this dedication to social awareness, mindfulness, and our profound respect for our community’s racial and international diversity, Hereford pledges to protect the safety, rights, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff—now and always.

 As for our plan of action, the Hereford Student Senate (HSS) will place a greater focus on social awareness and bolster its respective committee in order to educate UVA and Hereford on the necessity and historical background of the current protests. We will work with the University to provide opportunities to learn from those around us, HSS and the Hereford administrative team will collaborate to develop and offer programs and events addressing systemic racism, and we will discuss how we wish to live as a community and commit to those ideals.

Hereford offers itself as a platform for students to voice their opinions and be the forces of progress. Because we as leadership can only do so much, we call on students to get involved and support one another. The best movements are those driven by a multitude of diverse perspectives. As such, we welcome all student involvement regardless of size. We hope that you all stay safe and healthy in these trying times and look forward to welcoming you all back in the fall.

 

Jay Choi

Channing Williams

Co-Consuls, Hereford Student Senate

 

In affirmation:

Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas, Principal

Caren Freeman, Director of Studies

Aida Barnes-May, Program Coordinator

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