The dean of the CUNY School of Legislation has made the decision to terminate herself — expressing she is retiring in atonement for referring to herself as a “slaveholder” all through a school meeting.
Mary Lu Bilek, 65, had declared at the commencing of the calendar year that she would action down in June, but only now has she detailed the explanation guiding her departure.
In an electronic mail sent Saturday to the faculty local community, Bilek claimed her retirement stemmed from a cringe-worthy remark she built at a personnel committee meeting in November.
The team was speaking about an open up situation for affiliate dean at the time.
Bilek reported that when she dropped the “slaveholder” reference, she was taking the blame for a selecting proposal some colleagues considered would have a “disparate racial affect.”
“In a misguided hard work to attract an analogy to a product of reparations in purchase to spot blame on myself, as Dean, for racial inequities at our school, I thoughtlessly referred to myself as the ‘slaveholder’ who ought to be held liable,” Bilek wrote.
“I recognized it was improper the moment I read myself say it and could not consider the word experienced occur out of my mouth.”
Bilek went on to produce that she apologized instantly at the meeting “and have considering that apologized without reservation to the school.”
“I am even now stunned at what I stated and have started instruction and counseling to uncover and triumph over my biases and additional have an understanding of the history and penalties of systemic and institutional racism,” she wrote.
The university, located in Lengthy Island City, is aspect of the public Metropolis College of New York.
BIlek, a Harvard Regulation College grad, to start with joined the faculty in 1985 and was later affiliate dean for educational affairs. She was named dean in 2016.
She wrote that she finally made a decision to retire “because the operate it would choose to repair service the rely on needed to lead the Regulation University is a stress I never want to impose on the school or the local community.”
Bilek explained she urged CUNY to appoint an interim dean “as promptly as doable so that I can move aside as Dean even sooner” than she prepared to depart.
Bilek did not return messages for remark.