Dear Wright State Community,
Today President Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday, enshrining June 19 as the national day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. This year, the holiday will be observed nationally tomorrow.
We are encouraged and happy to celebrate the significance of Juneteenth as our nation continues to strive toward racial justice and equality. Wright State remains committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming campus for all. Through our collective efforts we can build a more inclusive community that supports diversity, accessibility, and equity.
Unfortunately, because tomorrow's holiday conflicts with our annual Board of Trustees budget meeting and our Raider Open House, where we will welcome more than 300 future students and families, Wright State will observe this year’s Juneteenth by closing university operations on a date to be determined.
Dr. Matthew Chaney and I want to thank Quatez Scott, the intercultural specialist in the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, and Dean of Students Chris Taylor and the staff of the Division of Student Affairs for their inspiring Juneteenth celebration, Black Freedom through my Eyes, which attracted students, faculty, and staff from across the university.