Statement on Racial Injustice and Violence

Like so many others, the faculty of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University has watched with sadness and outrage over recent events surrounding the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others.  We want to express our solidarity with and support for all people who have experienced any form of racial injustice, including Baylor students, staff, and faculty.  We are especially mindful of unchecked patterns of brutality and cruelty experienced by Black people, and systemic racism that sets the foundation for these experiences. We are committed to working toward ways in which we can be better: better prepared to support those who suffer and are hurting, and more intentional in our actions for justice. To accomplish this, we must be introspective and willing to engage in courageous conversations.  Over the coming weeks we will highlight on our website ways the department is currently committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and outline new actions to support students, staff, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, especially our Black community and those who are suffering with our Black community.  We anticipate this to be the first step in an on-going process.

We are uniquely positioned, as part of a university with a strong Christian mission, to wrestle with these issues.  We take our mission seriously, and we are also aware that our faith compels us to action, to work toward solutions.  Our training as scientists also compels us to act, and we will use the scientific literature to inform our work.

Finally, the faculty of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience endorse the statement on race made by Sandra L. Shullman, PhD, president of the American Psychological Association, which can be found here: https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/05/racism-pandemic