While we support the right to freedom of expression, Michigan Tech stands against acts of violence as demonstrated yesterday in our nation’s Capitol. These actions contradict our work in creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community of students and scholars.
In today’s climate, universities must remain stalwart advocates for free speech. Let us not take this responsibility lightly. We must regard diversity of thought as the impetus for discussion, not an excuse for intolerance or violence. And, we must transcend our personal ideologies for the purpose of enlightenment, not prejudice. As we reflect on current events and the role each of us have in forming a more perfect union, I ask you to join me in reaffirming our commitment to civility and public discourse, which includes:
- Celebrating the exchange of ideas and respecting individual differences.
- Inspiring an engaged community that actively seeks improvement through acceptance and understanding.
- Creating and sustaining an inclusive and respectful atmosphere.
- Promoting mutual respect and dialogue as we seek to sustain a culture of collegiality, safety, support, and openness across diverse perspectives, traditions, and identities.
There is much work to be done, but I have great confidence in the ability of our campus
community and our nation as a whole to advance the ideals of our democracy. Our future
depends on it.
Rick Koubek, President