June 8, 2020
An open letter to my friends, colleagues and students at Lehigh Business,
As our in-boxes fill with message after message from organizations all addressing the tragedy of the killing of George Floyd and the aftermath of protests, some people have asked me whether I will send a similar communication on the part of Lehigh Business. My answer is no. Such communications are hollow words if not immediately followed by action of structural change. This transformation goes beyond lists of classes ironically segregated off as a “diversity requirement” and one day seminars of inclusive teaching techniques. Mind you, both mechanisms are supremely important, and I do not mention them in criticism. Rather, I see this type of effort as an easy pass on the part of the University. To change minds we must change hearts. This cannot be done by the University. Change of heart requires change of and by self.