Summer 2020 Director's Corner

Dear Friends,

This Director's Corner is devoted to diversity, equity, and anti-racism. What follows was developed by members of the WRC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee in collaboration with WRC leadership.

Water is the lifeblood of our world, and we want all Minnesotans to engage with water science and feel the benefits of its discoveries. 

However, significant barriers to that dream exist.

We know that our beloved Minnesota is one of the worst states in terms of racial equality for Black and Indigenous people; we know that White supremacy is alive and well here; we know that systemic racism forces Black people to experience exceedingly high rates of police violence and suspicion; we know that Black Lives Matter. 

While we are proud of the University community and the depth of commitment to fight racism that we have seen in recent months, we do not want that commitment to fade with time.  

We cannot promise a solution, but we can promise that:

We are here.
We are processing.  
We are listening.
We are learning.

Late last year, we formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to ensure the value and necessity of diversity and inclusivity are fundamental to the activities of the Water Resources Center (read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement here). 

The committee is coordinating with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Office for Diversity and Inclusion to support anti-racism at the WRC.  

We are committed to championing thoughtful and open communication, including “see something say something”, examining training and hiring practices, and increasing the consideration of racism and its implications in our projects, programs, and partnerships.

As always, we are grateful for the perseverance, thoughtfulness, and dedication of the WRC staff and our partners to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do.

If you feel that we are not doing our part faithfully and sincerely, please let us know.

Thank you.

Jeffrey Peterson, Director 
Joel Larson, Associate Director
Cheryel Keyser, Administrative Director

WRC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee: 

Lucia Levers, Chair
Tracy Fallon
Michelle Jordan
Elizabeth Wells
Adam Wilke