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To: The General Faculty

Dear esteemed faculty colleagues:

We are writing to express our dismay and horror regarding the senseless killing of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday evening. In particular, we are worried about the impact these events will have on the climate of our own campus and the well-being, health and safety of our students.

Along with Chancellor Folt  (, we are asking for your help in providing the campus community with the support and resources necessary to help us heal and recover from yet another national tragedy.

If you encounter faculty members, staff or students with difficulties as a result of this event or other instances of violence or discrimination, please encourage them to seek assistance from one of the numerous resources on campus listed below.

As faculty, we are bound together by our responsibility to protect, nurture and guarantee the safety of others in our community. That responsibility includes reporting instances of identity-based discrimination, violence and harassment. During this difficult time, we are reminded of the need to prioritize and celebrate inclusion and diversity. As we move into the new year, the Committee on Community and Diversity will discuss ways the faculty can help improve the campus climate for everyone.

In the meantime, please know our thoughts are with the Carolina community because all of us are affected by this terrible tragedy.


Rumay Alexander, Chair of the Community and Diversity Committee

Bruce A. Cairns, Chair of the Faculty


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