The Fox lab is saddened by events of racism and violence targeting the Black community. It is unacceptable to us that acts of racism occur in this country, especially from groups that are in place to protect us.
The Fox lab reaffirms its principles of inclusion, diversity, and community at this time and affirms its support that all individuals must be treated with respect, compassion, and equity, regardless of their race, gender, country of origin, sexual orientation, religion, cultural traditions, physical abilities and mental health. We stand with the Black community, and all underrepresented groups, and are committed to supporting the fight for equity, justice, and a society free from discrimination.
The Fox lab supports statements released by VT President Sands and Vice President Pratt-Clarke, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, the College of Science, the Department of Biological Sciences, the School of Neuroscience, and the VTC School of Medicine, all of which strongly denounce these horrific acts against the black community and call for us, as Hokies, to embody Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and to find ways to solve this multigenerational problem. We must not be content with incremental progress. We must find ways to make major changes now. Simply making this statement is insufficient. We all have an active role to play.