ITS Stands in Solidarity with our Black Community

Dear ITS-Davis Friends and Family,

We are heartbroken and angered by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police on May 25, as well as the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other victims of racist violence in the United States.

Although many of us will never fully understand or know what it is like to experience prejudice and discrimination because of the color of our skin, we all can be a part of the solution working against racism. Please know, as your faculty and advisors, we are committed to listening and learning how ITS-Davis can move forward together.

As our programs and centers continue to bring students together from all over the world, we will strive to cultivate inclusion in our workplace and classrooms. We have a moral obligation to address inequality and racism within ITS-Davis and throughout our society, and as a first step it is imperative for us to come together and show solidarity with the black community. We must rededicate ourselves to the mission of creating a more accessible and equitable transportation future—one that serves all of our people.

We echo the statements of UC Davis Chancellor Gary May and the UC Office of the President and will do everything we can to support black students in our classes and members of the community.

Sincerely,

Dan Sperling, Susan Handy, Austin Brown, Gil Tal, Lew Fulton, Giovanni Circella, Yunshi Wang, Miguel Jaller, Lourdes Gomez, and Annemarie Schaaf