The Honors Music Program is saddened and angered by the continuing acts of racial violence and injustice in our country. We stand in witness to the recent tragedies of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the many others before them. And we stand in solidarity with our Black students, alumni, faculty, and staff as we commit to speak out, listen up, and effect change in ourselves and in our world.We commit to speaking out against acts of individual and systemic racism and the injustices that Black Americans and other people of color endure;We commit to listening to those for whom racism is a daily reality and to learning from their lived experience;We commit to self-examination as a means to foster respect for diversity in ourselves and in our community;We commit to re-examining our own practices to achieve a more inclusive learning environment;We commit to bringing more diverse voices into our classrooms and more diverse stories to our stages to educate our learning community;We commit to fulfilling Rider’s mission to prepare “responsible citizens who embrace diversity, support the common good, and contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work.”