As an educational institution, we strive to live into our core values to help build and serve inclusive and equitable communities. The hate-filled events in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend are yet another clarion call for social justice and a reminder of our values and mission.
While we lament the profound way racism limits and diminishes the quality of all of our lives, at this particular moment in time we are singularly concerned for the well-being of our students, staff and faculty colleagues, and neighbors of color who live every hour of every day amidst the ravages of racism and in the grip of fear it spawns.
We further extend this concern to all who are targeted by unchecked conscious or unexamined hate-based ideology and actions because of their race, ethnicity or immigrant status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, class, age, ability, or other differences that are judged by some as not normal or right.
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the ideology and actions advocated and perpetrated by White Nationalists, White Supremacists, and neo-Nazi organizations and individuals that resulted in the tragedy that was Charlottesville this past weekend.
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the hate-filled racist ideology and violent actions that are part of our historical legacy as a nation, part of the fabric of our current culture, and which are extending their reach with profoundly disturbing vigor.
We call upon our national leaders to condemn unequivocally these movements of bigotry and intolerance, as silence and neutrality toward them are tantamount to endorsement.
We call upon the members of our Antioch University New England community and greater local communities to consider where we each stand and what actions we might take.
We stand with our AUNE colleagues who have already spoken out against the forces of bigotry and hatred that enveloped Charlottesville this past weekend. We invite you to stand with us as we advocate for the dignity, respect, safety, well-being, and capacity for all people to flourish.
On behalf of the Provost’s Office,
Barb Andrews, PhD, Interim Provost & CEO