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University President Richard Davenport's Statement on Aug. 11-12 Events in Charlottesville, Va.
Message from Minnesota State University, Mankato President Davenport was emailed Aug. 15 to all of the University's employees and students.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Office of the President Announcement, 8-15-2017
AUG. 15, 2017 EMAIL FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Dear Students and Colleagues,
You have all undoubtedly learned of the recent and terrible news from Charlottesville, Virginia that occurred this past weekend. My thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the Charlottesville community and those affected by this tragedy.
As I stated in my convocation remarks, the Charlottesville events are reprehensible and we must oppose such events from occurring in our state and on our campus. We must continue to prepare our future generations to think and act responsibly, promote open and respectful discussion, and discover solutions for contentious societal issues. Advocacy, as you know, is best achieved through peaceful means and engaging in conversations to better understand the issues.
Here at Minnesota State University, Mankato, we lead with our strong core values. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, incivility and unjust treatment of others. We condemn all acts and messages of hate by white supremacist groups, neo-Nazis and anyone seeking to inflict divisive agendas on our world. I ask that you continue to be supportive and do your part to make Minnesota State Mankato a welcoming and inclusive university.
Please see the statement below from Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra regarding the events in Charlottesville.
I look forward to greeting you throughout the many activities occurring in the coming days.
Statement from Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra regarding the events in Charlottesville
The month of August at our colleges and universities is a time of optimism as a new academic year gets underway. But the horrific events over the weekend on and near the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville have served as a stark reminder that higher education is not immune to exposure to those who promote hate, intolerance, and oppression.
What was under attack in Virginia was the values our colleges and universities hold dear: That our campuses are places of hope and opportunity for all people; That our commitment to diversity and inclusion makes our campuses and our communities stronger; That our campuses welcome the robust but civil debate and discussion of ideas; That the First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech but not the right to harm those with whom we disagree.
Our campus communities are committed to speaking out against the efforts of those who would attempt to divide us based on our differences.
We stand with the University of Virginia, the City of Charlottesville, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we rededicate ourselves to ensuring that our campuses are safe places free of intimidation or fear, where ideas can be debated and where all students – no matter their race or creed or gender – can learn and grow.