First, we are going to host a Bystander Training on Sept. 29th at 12:40 p.m. in Skou 206. Dr. Tiffany Halsell will be leading our students on how to better intercede when we experience difficult situations particularly in the area of bias. This is important to me because, a lot of times, we want to say or do something and don’t know how to do that. Dr. Halsell is great presenter, and I know it will be interactive. I encourage all students to attend. We will send out an RSVP so that we have a count for food. YES! WE WILL FEED YOU TOO!
Second, I want to reiterate the importance of our Principles of Community. Those principles include the following statements:
- We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
- We affirm the right of each person to express throughs and opinions freely. We encourage open expression with a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
- We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the university. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.
- We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including thoughts based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination ad for increasing our understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others
Hope you will make it.