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Big 12 Board of Directors releases statement following death of George Floyd

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Posted at 4:45 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 18:41:03-04

The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors released a statement Friday following the death of George Floyd and widespread protests across the nation.

As a conference representing thousands of students, faculty, and staff from all walks of life, we are committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity and respect in our campus communities. Acts of racism and violence, no matter their origin or target, contradict this core commitment we share within the Big 12 Conference. Recent incidents of racial violence underscore the need for us and for all Americans to join together in addressing matters of racism and injustice in a united, meaningful way.

President Joseph Harroz, Jr. of The University of Oklahoma and President V. Burns Hargis of Oklahoma State University signed the statement along with several other Big 12 university leaders including, President Linda A. Livingstone of Baylor University, President Wendy Wintersteen of Iowa State University, Chancellor Douglas A. Girod of University of Kansas, President Richard B. Myers of Kansas State University, Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. of Texas Christian University, Interim President Jay Hartzell of The University of Texas at Austin, President Lawrence Schovanec of Texas Tech University, and President E. Gordon Gee of West Virginia University.

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