Dear UMass Dartmouth Community,
Yesterday, we were all witness to violence in America’s capital. This action, aimed at disrupting our peaceful transfer of power, is abhorrent. No matter our ideologies or affiliations, our Nation has sustained centuries of transitions between administrations and we must remain committed to this foundational aspect of democracy. I also want to note the apparent unequal treatment of those involved in yesterday’s incident and those who took to the streets this past summer to protest racial injustice. We must be better than this.
Everyone across the world was watching. They are still watching and while we cannot control the actions of others, we can be shining examples of what it means to be an engaged citizen. We all have differing opinions, but we must be devoted to a civil discourse where we can share our opinions and listen to those of others. On our campus, we go to class to learn more about the world, broadening our perspectives. We must avoid narrow views of society that lead to radicalization and ultimately, what transpired yesterday.
For students that need support in the aftermath, you are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center (508.999.8648) or Student Affairs (508.999.8640). For faculty and staff, please call Human Resources (508.999.8060) and take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for free counseling. EAP benefits may be accessed by calling 844.393.4983 or by visiting www.guidanceresources.com and entering our company ID: UMASS to speak to a counseling professional.
The Republic still stands, and I hope that our students, the next generation of leaders, usher in a more civil, peaceful world focused on building bridges and not barriers for society.
Mark Preble, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chancellor