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Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Working Group Reports

May 6, 2021

Dear Campus Community:

As you are aware, the UofM launched the Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice (ESRPSJ) initiative last year, led by Daphene McFerren, Linda Hall and Dr. Karen Weddle-West. Fourteen focus areas and workgroups co-led by a selected, diverse group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members have been created. After enormous effort and thoughtful work, initial reports and recommendations across all 14 areas have been created. The first drafts of the findings have been posted on the ESRPSJ website and may be updated as recommendations are finalized or implemented: memphis.edu/justice.

I would encourage you to review their excellent work. As we complete our budget plans for the coming fiscal year, we will make specific funding recommendations for facilitating efforts to move this important work forward to achieve productive, meaningful growth and change for our University. Additional details regarding infrastructure support for this work will be forthcoming. 

Regards, 

Dr. M. David Rudd