A Statement and Resources from the Student Affairs Office

Dear Texas Law Community,

We are angry and brokenhearted over the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor — just the latest in a long history of violence brought upon Black lives in this country.  We join President Hartzell, Dean Farnsworth, and UT’s Coalition of Diversity Officers in condemning this and all acts of racial violence and we reaffirm our commitment to fostering an academic and professional law school community that values diversity, inclusion, and equity.

The traumas of the last months—the physical, economic, and psychological toll of the global pandemic and now a national outpouring of grief—have left virtually no one untouched.  We recognize, however, that underserved and marginalized communities shoulder the impact of these crises disproportionately and more acutely.

This office grieves with you all, now and always.

Together with Professor Shavonne Henderson, the law school’s Director of Student Inclusion and Equity, and Tarlton Law Library, we have put together a new resource page related to race, racism, and current events.

What can you do now?

1. Take care of yourself.

Putting your best (remote) foot forward at a summer job, focusing on summer school, or studying for the bar exam may all seem unimportant, even impossible, at this time. Our resource page includes links to a variety of inclusive mental health resources for both current students and graduates.

2. Check on your friends and colleagues.

If you haven’t personally been impacted by recent events, this article provides some context in understanding what it’s like to keep showing up to work and school while experiencing trauma.

3. Read, listen, learn.

Many of you are at home with your families and may be having difficult conversations about race and the law. Here is a comprehensive list of resources to help support you in having those conversations.

Exacerbating our pain is that much is unknown about the future, including what precisely the fall semester will look like at Texas Law. But whatever physical form our Texas Law community takes this fall, we hope that you will come together, even if virtually, and, as we say in the Sunflower Ceremony, turn your faces toward the light of justice.

We hope that you are all safe and healthy.  We miss you all dearly. Please let us know if we can be helpful or supportive during these times.

Your Student Affairs Team,
Dean Bangs, Brandi, and Rick