From the General Faculty Council
The General Faculty Council joins other members of the University community in condemning the recent racially motivated assault on Student Council President Elect Daisy Lundy and in expressing our concern and support for her. As Ms. Lundy herself has reminded us, we need to seize this opportunity not only to voice our outrage but also to effect change. The General Faculty Council supports the University’s goal to eradicate intolerance in our community and pledges itself to this task. Our university has seen many changes throughout its history, perhaps none more important than the opening of its doors to women and to persons of color, some of whose ancestors helped build it, brick by brick. Thomas Jefferson said of the university he founded that “this institution...will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind to explore and to expose every subject susceptible of its contemplation. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error, so long as reason is left free to combat it.” Racism and violence, the products of a mind enslaved, have no place at this institution; they are errors we must no longer tolerate.