Texas Lutheran University is in the midst of one of its largest and most complex planning projects ever — considering every detail that will allow us to reopen our campus in August, providing our students with an outstanding academic opportunity within the context of a safe and healthy environment. Five specific work teams are meeting regularly to sort through the specifics, and a larger COVID-19 Planning and Response Team meets daily to assess overall progress and keep our community updated on our work.

But, however significant and demanding this work is, it is not the only critical issue before us. Our COVID-related work is unfolding alongside another equally essential and even more challenging issue. The most recent example of systematic racism resulting in the death of George Floyd, in addition to the senseless deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black lives, tells us it is not enough to say that we are against racism — we must want action and take action to make a difference at this time.

Debbie Cottrell is the president of Texas Lutheran University. Her column will appear the first Sunday of each month. 

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