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Engaging our Challenges

November 10, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Over this block, we have had some difficult discussions about important topics. These are the kinds of conversations that make CC a better place and are the foundation of our learning community. We must all have the courage to continue to dialogue with each other.

However, hate speech under the veil of anonymity is the work of cowards and bigots, who have no interest in community. Still, these words are hurtful and I ask that you support one another and take care of yourselves. Members of the college’s counseling staff and the chaplains are available if you need professional support. I want to remind our students that the faculty, staff, and administration of the college are here for you.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is interwoven with our commitment to discourse and liberal learning. As alumnus Bro Adams ’72 said in his commencement address in May: “Engaging our challenges in these ways won’t make them disappear, but it will allow for a deeper understanding of who we are, how we got here, and how we might lead better lives.”

If there is anything I can do for any of you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.