Yet even as everything around us changed, a constant remains: our community's strength, compassion, and commitment to supporting our students and one another.
In this e-newsletter, we are sharing a few of the many inspiring examples of our community's ingenuity in these uncertain times.
But first, I also want to acknowledge
disparities in numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths between Black and white communities in our country: another reminder
of the gross and continuing racial inequities in our country when it comes to healthcare, resources and opportunities.
ChE stands united against racism. ChE proudly stands
with the Black Lives Matter movement, as I shared with our community, and now with each of you, in a statement following the murder of George Floyd, who at the time I wrote my message was only the
latest in a seemingly endless string of horrific, senseless deaths of a Black person.
I am so proud of how our department has come together (with proper social distancing) to join in the protests--each in our own way
--and to also
bring some relief and resources to our frontline healthcare workers. I look forward to sharing more Michigan ChE innovations as we continue to work together in new ways to address society's most pressing challenges.
Wishing you and your family good health,
Sharon C. Glotzer
Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering