November 23, 2016
Dear members of the Vassar community,
As some of you may be aware, in the wake of the recent election I have joined with college and university presidents across the country in signing three open statements to the new administration.
Late last week, I joined a group of more than 100 college and university presidents in writing to the President-elect urging him to condemn the hate speech and acts of violence being perpetrated across our country. It is a first step, one I know will be followed by continued debate, discussion, and activism on the part of our students, our faculty, and our staff.
I have also joined the historical Seven Sisters Colleges in an open letter to the President-elect’s appointee as chief strategist, who has a shameful record of homophobic and misogynistic statements and support for other hateful speech. Additionally I have signed onto a statement calling on elected and incoming government officials to recognize the moral and societal value of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to continue to uphold that program and expand it in the future. I have provided a link here to those documents: http://info.vassar.edu/news/
As recent events make clear, much work lies ahead for our country. But as this campus makes clear, there is much to be thankful for. I hope that all of you will find comfort and joy in your family and friends during the coming weeks. I hope further, for all of us and for those we care about so deeply, that as a country we can reaffirm our commitment to the rights of all people.