On Racial Justice and Equity, A Statement from MHEC

These are difficult, challenging, and painful times. The senseless and tragic killing of George Floyd here in Minneapolis has reverberated across the country. Thousands of people across the nation are speaking out, protesting, and advocating for justice and equality and against police brutality and racially motivated violence. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said in his April 1963 letter from a Birmingham jail: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

I share this view and believe that we are interconnected and, individually and together, have a responsibility to eliminate racism and improve outcomes for all. Education and training play a critical and powerful role in transforming lives and helping create a more equitable society. We still have much work to do. The Midwestern Higher Education Commission is committed to change and joins in support of those seeking justice and equality for all. 

Susan Heegaard, MHEC President


Here are some of the statements from higher education systems and institutions, and articles from across our region: 

Dr. David Eisler Memo, Ferris State University, June 2, 2020

Is it possible to overcome our biases in the face of conflict? University of Illinois, June 4, 2020

A Message of Hope and Support from DMSA, Kansas State University

Iowa universities condemn George Floyd killing, The Gazette, June 1, 2020

Indiana University leaders speak out following weekend of unrest across the nation, Indiana University, June 1, 2020

Tigers leading change, University of Missouri, June 4, 2020

Now Must Be Different, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June 5, 2020

A Message to our Community, University of Wisconsin-Madison, May 31, 2020

Statements from the Office for Equity and Diversity and the Vice President, University of Minnesota, June 4, 2020

Letter from Chief Diversity Officer, May 28, 2020, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Minnesota State

A statement from Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, Friends University, June 2, 2020

A statement to the Carleton community, Carleton College, June 2, 2020

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, Minnesota Private Colleges, June 2020

The death of Mr. George Floyd and a call to action, University of Detroit Mercy, June 2, 2020

Message from President Hanley – Death of George Floyd, Lake Superior State University, May 31, 2020

Nationwide protests over death of George Floyd: U-M experts can discuss, University of Michigan, June 1, 2020

Augustana University Statement Concerning Racial Injustice and Recent Events, Augustana University, May 31, 2020

Message to Campus Concerning Death of George Floyd, South Dakota State University, June 1, 2020

UE's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Evansville University, June 1, 2020