Published November 11, 2016
Dear University Community,
Across our university—in the classrooms, hallways, plazas, residence halls, advisement offices, conference rooms—we have been having robust discussions about our democratic process and the direction of our nation. And as a university, we should be doing just that. We should be engaging in the political process and in issues that impact our communities, nation, and world.
I want to take a moment to say that as a university community, freedom of expression is a strongly held core value, and we uphold the right of all to be able to express their viewpoints in a peaceful and respectful way. Given the tone and rhetoric of this election season, I believe it is more important than ever for all of us to listen closely to one another—especially when we have divergent points of views and experiences—and try to understand each other and learn from one another.
It is only when we see the humanity in each other, that we can realize the ideals of community for our university, our nation, and our world.
Satish K. Tripathi