Read more about President Martin's Reflections on This Week's Tragic Events
July 8, 2016
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Yesterday I sat down to write a letter about the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. I knew from conversations and email that those killings and their implications led many of us to seek the comfort of friendship and a caring community. Many students, faculty, and staff of color have understandably felt particularly distressed in the wake of the killings of Sterling and Castile. And some feel alone in the pain of this moment. I wanted—and still want—to assure you that you are not alone in your distress, pain, or determination to end racial injustice. Together, we can acknowledge the horror of the killings, the pattern they fit, and the despair that pattern has caused. Together, we can also eliminate it. This message was the heart of my intention yesterday. It remains so today.