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Healing the Wounds of Racism

The horrific acts of violence against Black communities and the recent killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery bring forth the deep wounds of racism that have plagued our country for centuries. My heart goes out to everyone hurting from these unacceptable tragedies and the centuries of injustice they represent.

As a Mercy institution, founded on the values of justice, compassion, service, respect, and integrity, it is now more important than ever that we uphold these values as we work to combat racism and foster a community of inclusive excellence. As your student body president, I promise to work closely with the administration to ensure that the needs of ALL students are listened to, valued, and respected as we work to confront all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and hatred in our community and society.

Know that you are not alone and that your Student Government Association is here to support you. As servant leaders, the SGA is here to listen and learn from those who have experienced these tragedies and who live with the fear and pain of racism every day. And while the journey toward a more just society is demanding, we will ensure that GCU takes the steps necessary to propel us forward toward inclusiveness and understanding and to reject the fear and violence that some use to further divide us.

If you need support, know that university resources are available including the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling Center, and Campus Ministry. In addition, do not hesitate to reach out to me and your elected SGA members on how we can better support you during these difficult and overwhelming times by e-mailing us at sga@georgian.edu.

Again, now more than ever, know your student leaders are here for you. Together we will get through this, as we are a community built on faith, respect, justice, compassion, integrity, and service.

We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Yours in Mercy,
Brianna Griffin ‘21

Brianna Griffin, a rising senior, is president of the Student Government Association.

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About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by Money.com and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.