Dear Members of the STM Community,
The death of George Floyd while in the hands of the police, along with the protests it has generated, is another painful reminder of the sin of racism that pervades our culture. It demands that we look deep within our own hearts and that we make a firm commitment to racial justice in our lives and works as future ministers.
As dean of the STM, I want our school—each and every member—to be committed to respecting the God-given dignity of every human being, to stand against racism in all its forms, and to be agents of bridge-building and justice. Moreover, as a school community, we are in a position to bear witness to the unity-in-diversity to which we are called as a Christian community, the unity-in-diversity that is the body of Christ (Gal 3:28; Eph 3:9-10). Let’s open our hearts to the healing empowerment of the Spirit whom we recently celebrated at Pentecost, the Spirit who makes us all brothers and sisters in Christ.
BC’s president, Fr. William Leahy, has recently announced the establishment of The Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America, under the directorship of Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau. As you can see from Fr. Leahy’s letter, the Forum will “provide a meeting place for listening, dialogue, and greater understanding about race and racism in our country,” and will “serve as a catalyst for bridging differences regarding race in America.”
At the STM, I am in the process of recruiting and naming members—from faculty, staff, and students—for a Committee on Race and Ethnicity. Among the charges to be given to this committee will be: to serve as a venue for voicing concerns about race and ethnicity at our school, and to provide anti-racism resources for the ongoing formation and development of all members of the STM community.
Tom Stegman, S.J.