June 1, 2020

Dear Washington University Graduate Student Community:
We face a challenging period in this country’s history. The killing of George Floyd captured on video has ignited righteous outrage and anger about policing and race. I join those grappling with the pain of this senseless loss of life. His case and others in the recent past demonstrate the need for sustained civic engagement and reform. Coupled with a pandemic that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths across the world, we face uncertainty in managing our lives.
However, this is not a time of retreat. Now more than ever we need those with keen minds and a desire to help. I encourage you to find a place to serve others on campus and beyond our university boundaries. Collectively, we must support one another and the community.
I recognize that many of you may not be in a place emotionally or mentally to engage at this point. You are not alone. And I encourage you to take advantage of the counseling services at Habif Health and Wellness Center or  Student Health Counseling for students on the medical campus.
As many of you know, my tenure as your dean is coming to an end. On July 1, I will begin my service as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of South Carolina. It has been an honor to serve you. I will miss the Washington University graduate student community. You represent our future. And that gives me hope. If you need any support, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
William F. Tate
Dean and Vice Provost for Graduate Education