From President Martin's Dec. 4 letter to the Amherst College Community:
"... We have spent much of this semester addressing sexual assault and our responsibility as a College to do more on the side of prevention, while improving the way we handle it when it occurs. Other obstacles to equity and inclusion have arisen in our discussions and deserve our focused attention. We have made a start in the long-term project of changing culture, but there is a great deal more that needs to be done, here as elsewhere. Let’s draw on what we have learned and what has been put in motion this semester by spending time on race and diversity. I suggest that we plan a symposium, to be held at the beginning of the spring semester, involving faculty, staff, and students. To hear your views on this and other possible actions, I will be available tomorrow from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room. I hope many of you who do not have classes at that time will join me to discuss the steps we can take to ensure that Amherst belongs to all of us, and all of us to it. I seek your help in establishing a student advisory group, which would include student leaders from a range of organizations and interest groups on campus. Such an advisory group to the administration would meet regularly to bring forward matters of student concern. ..."