Responding to Current Events

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

by Karen Hanson, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Recent local, national, and international events have provoked anger, fear, and, in some, despair. We are all affected by these events, individually and as a community. I write today to ask that we find ways to work together to respond constructively to our feelings of anger, to take steps that will assuage our fears, to work together in a way that will engender hope for constructive change. 

We need to listen to one another, to take seriously the unique histories that shape and inform varied perspectives. We need to acknowledge, respect, and constructively negotiate our differences, as we work together to develop solutions to our problems--the problems of our world and our campus. Read the complete message.


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