Thursday, December 17, 2015

From UMN Pres Kaler: "Solidarity with Muslims in our community"

Office of the President
 Recent public statements and harmful acts directed toward Muslims across the country are deeply disturbing. To see one group explicitly targeted by divisive rhetoric reminds us that we must purposefully and repeatedly assert the value of diversity and respectful exchange of ideas on our campus. 

The University of Minnesota relies on the integrity of all of its students, staff, and faculty members to create a truly exceptional teaching and learning environment.

We are a community whose mission depends on the diverse ideas and identities that our faculty, staff, and students bring from around the state, the nation, and the world. When one part of our community is hurt, our entire community suffers.

I ask that each of you take care of yourselves and each other. Take time to learn about cultures and experiences with which you are not yet familiar. Reaffirm your colleagues' contributions to our community.

We are strengthened as an institution and in our humanity by recognizing the contributions of our Muslim colleagues and students. Let us continue to work to achieve a truly inclusive community where all are able to work, study, and learn free from harm and exclusion.

Sincerely,

Eric W. KalerPresident

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