A Day of Reflection and Solidarity

President Denise M. Trauth | June 9, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

The heart of our Texas State University community is hurting, struggling with the continued fight against our nation’s long and deadly history of racial injustices.  We feel the need to be engaged, to speak up, to comfort one another, and to learn from each other.

Because we cannot gather in person at this time, on Friday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Texas State will host A Day of Reflection and Solidarity, a series of virtual conversations to acknowledge the history, experience, and challenges around building a more racially just and equitable world, including the Texas State University community.  I am grateful to Dr. Sherri Benn, Assistant Vice President and Director for Student Diversity and Inclusion, for her work to bring this impactful event to our university. The day will feature an array of voices from our university and our surrounding communities, and will be dedicated to creating space for contemplation, dialogue, learning, self-expression, anger, healing, and hope.

June 19 is especially fitting as A Day of Reflection and Solidarity because it is Juneteenth, the date in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Texas officially learned of the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the United States, and now 155 years later, racial inequality still stains our country and oppresses people of color. Texas State is committed to pairing reflection with action in order to stand against racism in all its forms.

The best education we can provide at Texas State is rooted in the knowledge and recognition of our common humanity. I encourage you to take part in A Day of Reflection and Solidarity, to lend your voice, your experiences, and your hope for the future to this important conversation.


Denise M. Trauth