The recent events in Minneapolis and across the world have exemplified the ongoing racism experienced by Black people every day. Unfortunately, this is not new, as systemic racism, racial inequality, injustice, and oppression have been ever-present for centuries.

We support and stand in solidarity with our students and the Black community, but actions speak louder than words. We are committed to being actively involved in supporting our community directly and will be using our platform to amplify voices, share perspectives, and keep the conversation going on issues faced by members of the Black community.

We also recognize that people are feeling many emotions right now; particularly anger, sadness, and fear. Times like these can be emotionally exhausting, so it is important to practice self-care and support one another. As always, there are many mental health resources available to you. Learn more at www.smusa.ca/support-resources.

Now, more than ever, it is crucial for non-Black individuals to continue educating themselves and engage in activism. Stand with us and help make a difference. Support Black organizations, learn Black history and trust Black experiences. This fight is not just for today. We must speak and fight against racism every day. Black Lives Matter.