Pianta: Recognizing the Anniversary of August 11-12, 2017

Dean Pianta sent this message to the students, faculty and staff of the Curry School on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Good afternoon, everyone: 

The UVA School of Education and Human Development stands with our Charlottesville community in recognizing the anniversary of August 11 and 12, 2017. Hate and white supremacy have no place in our community, and the Black Lives Matter movement reminds us of the work necessary to work towards social justice. The trauma of hate speech and terror had a tremendous impact on our community's social and emotional well-being. In recognizing August 11 and 12, 2017:

  • We are committed to a social justice position that challenges the roles of power, privilege, and oppression. 
  • We challenge systems of oppression that privilege some while disadvantaging others. 
  • We will work to make sure that each person in our community feels seen, heard, and supported.
  • We commit to creating socially and emotionally safe spaces for each and every person.

The commitment of the UVA School of Education and Human Development starts with the development of an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This office supports the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the school's core academic mission of teaching, research, and service. The School of Education and Human Development supports UVA's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement put out today. https://vpdiversity.virginia.edu/statement-august-11-12

Thank you,


Bob Pianta
Dean, Curry School of Education and Human Development
University of Virginia