A Message from Dean John Elliott

June 4, 2020

A Message from Dean John Elliott:


Dear Colleagues and Friends of the UConn School of Business,

George Floyd’s death has galvanized the moral center of our nation. Sadly, his brutal killing is but the latest of not years, but centuries of violence and inhumanity against people of color. As an educational community, UConn and the School of Business must be among those raising their voices to encourage change. And we are. As the University’s president and provost have noted, “[We] are uniquely positioned to reflect, learn, and act.”

As we reflect and learn, it is vital that we remember to act. We must act differently than we sometimes have and must hold ourselves accountable for those actions. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” If anyone knew the effort and work, the risk and danger required to bend that arc toward justice, it was he.

My hope is that George Floyd’s death and our nation’s response will focus us on envisioning a more just and truthful world and acting to realize it. It is our collective but individual actions that can bend the arc toward justice and truth. Please join me in working toward this goal and keeping it our moral priority until it is achieved.

John A. Elliott

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