Message from the Dean

We write to you as members of the Bias Education and Support Team (BEST). The recent loss of a member of our campus community Forrest Keys, has left us shaken and saddened. Whether you knew this young man or not, the tragedy of a life taken so young has left its imprint. We struggle to find the words to give meaning to, and understand how this could happen in our community. Sometimes the words we speak can be hurtful and insensitive. As members of BEST, we implore you to show respect and temperance – for Forrest, and for his family, friends, fraternity brothers and our University of Arizona community. We ask that in this moment we lay down our assumptions, prejudices, stereotypes and bias and come together as a Wildcat community to mourn the loss of an exceptionally accomplished student known for his ability to make people laugh.

This is a time to offer support to Forrest’s friends and family; harmful comments have no place in our university community.

If you or someone you know are in need of assistance, please reach out to our University mental health providers, Dean of Students Office, or Employee Assistance through Life & Work Connections. 

The Dean of Students' Response to Racist Social Media - June 4, 2020