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President's Corner Message: Before We Break for Thanksgiving, Let's Chat About Our Safety

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Category: President's Corner

Published: 2016-11-21 00:00:01.000

Thanksgiving week has arrived! Among many things I am grateful for this week, living in Montgomery County is one of them. On Sunday I participated in the County Executive's rally, Stand Up for the Montgomery Way, in which County officials reaffirmed their commitment to diversity and to the right of all persons to be treated with respect and dignity. In MC language, that is radical inclusion, a practice to which the College is deeply committed. It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many people in the County who believe that diversity is a strength that enriches all of our communities.

You may have heard that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh also launched a hate crimes <a href="">hotline</a> last week, to remind residents that "justice, fairness and tolerance" are values that our community respects and will defend with legal action, especially in the wake of an unusually vitriolic election cycle. On a related note, some of you may have seen the piece in

<a href=""><i>Inside Higher Ed</i></a> by the College's Board Chair Marsha Suggs Smith on Friday and I am grateful to those of you who have reached out to support me. Your solidarity has been very touching. Because so many people have expressed concern, I have decided to send out a brief clip from an interview last week. The larger conversation was about the success and accomplishments of the College and its personnel, but there were some pointed questions about my <a href="">circumstances</a>. I hope you can see that although troubling, I am well and moving ahead, and determined that these incidents not define my leadership. If anything, they have made me more determined to continue to elevate security across our campuses in ways that we have already been advancing. I am eager to continue any conversations that promote the safety of our students and staff especially in the context of the post-election era. I am hopeful that we can engage in productive dialogue across political difference that celebrates inclusion.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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