Black Lives Matter
As an organization founded to serve the engineering community, our commitment to the wellbeing of all - regardless of color, class, creed, gender, sexual identity, etc. - is unwavering. Words can simply not describe the outrage and pain we feel regarding the tragic events of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and
George Floyd. They are not the only ones who have died in a senseless manner - countless Black Americans have suffered at the hands of an unjust system.
We stand in solidarity with members of the Black community, who are 2.5 times more likely to be shot and killed by police officers*. We stand in solidarity with Black womxn and Black members of the LGBTQ+ community, who face alarmingly high rates of hate crimes and police violence**. We stand in solidarity with our fellow Black engineers and scientists, who are underrepresented and only comprise 5% of workers in STEM occupations***.
Systemic change begins with deliberate reflection. We encourage you to take 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence to contemplate the final words of George Floyd: “I can’t breathe”.
In addition, we want to encourage you to stay informed with reputable news sources and first-hand accounts. We urge you to use your voice, your vote, your resources, and any privileges you may have to uplift our marginalized community members and bring light to issues within the broken system.
If you are financially able, please consider joining the Engineering Student Council in donating to one of the following funds:
- Black Lives Matter - an organization that aims to end state-sanctioned violence against the black community
- Campaign Zero - an organization that aims to end police brutality through research-based policy solutions
- George Floyd Memorial Fund - a GoFundMe to support the Floyd family
- Bail Funds - a collection of bail funds across the nation
We also would like to echo the Chancellor’s and Dean’s words and encourage you to utilize university resources if you need it:
- CAPS - for psychological counseling and support ((510) 642-9494) or (855) 817-5667 for after-hours support)
- Campus Reporting - to report any instances of hate crimes
- Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement - a site devoted to spaces, programs, and services for Berkeley’s diverse student communities
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THE 2020-2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE ENGINEERING STUDENT COUNCIL