Like so many around the world, I am appalled by the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and now, Rayshard Brooks, following the violent deaths of too many Black community members before them.
I struggle with the injustice and structural inequities for Blacks that continue to persist so readily across society today. It is damning and unacceptable that racism and hatred still persist so stubbornly, even in our own communities.
Since arriving at UGA as a student in fall 1977, I can share first-hand that we have made strong progress in creating a more welcoming, inclusive environment for students—enjoying today our most diverse student body ever. But I also know we have said we must do better for far too long.
Even in providing needed care and support to students and staff during this most trying time, I have struggled with my own care and need for understanding and voice as a Black male. I have felt these recent events personally, deeply, and with great anguish. We have been here before, and we must stay no longer.
It has been heartening to see so many students and student groups across UGA step up and use their voices and move toward positive change.
To our Black students especially, I am proud of you. I, too, share the hurt and anger and struggle to make meaning. Please know I support you, and I stand here with you. We stand with you. And I know for me, I am not going anywhere.
In my lifetime, the path to justice and equity has been long and unsteady—and continues still. I challenge us all to learn from this moment and embrace the difficult conversations ahead to help our campus, communities, and nation come together and find meaningful, productive ways to create a more just society.
I am eager for our next steps together to further improve our student community at UGA and ensure the very best student experience possible. I will never waver on this goal.
Victor K. Wilson
Vice President for Student Affairs
The University of Georgia
306 Memorial Hall
Athens, GA 30602
From the Tate Center Parking Deck, take the elevator to the 3 rd floor. Walk across the courtyard with the UGA bookstore on your left hand side. Take the stairs up to the street. Cross Sanford Drive. Memorial Hall will be directly in front of you. Stay on the left side of the building and walk around to the side entrance for disability access. From the side door you can take the elevator to the third floor. If an elevator is not needed walk up all the stairs on the side of Memorial Hall and turn right, there you will see Reed Quad. Walk up the steps with the columns to the main entrance of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
For directions please call 706-542- 3564.