U.S. Capitol building

Statement: Response to the violence in our nation’s capital

Like many in our community, I watched yesterday’s events in astonishment and disbelief. It remains difficult to believe that such a thing could happen in our nation’s capital. Following several conversations with colleagues, friends and family — who represent many ideologies and beliefs — it is clear that while we may not agree on everything, we can all agree that the violence we saw yesterday was unacceptable.

Now, many of us feel horrified, saddened or angered, and we are now wondering how we, as a country, move forward from here. This is a critical moment in the history of our great nation. Each of us, as we decide what we will do next, will change the future for ourselves and our communities.

As we have learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, in the face of crisis, we must embrace and be guided by our core values. Let us look to them and reaffirm our commitment to them again today.

Let us set the leadership standard for others by demonstrating these core values of respect, compassion, inclusiveness and social responsibility every day. I encourage each of you to continue to be role models of dignity and leadership when you engage with others and stand up for what you believe in. Be beacons of peace, love, respect, inclusivity and civility.

We are a community that lifts each other up. If you need someone to talk to, please reach out, whether it is to the Counseling Center or your mentors, colleagues, friends or family members. These are difficult challenges, but we can support each other through them.

Thank you for all you do to care for each other and for our community.