Morristown, N.J. (August 14, 2017) – The violence witnessed in Charlottesville this weekend leaves me shaken, as I am sure it does you. I followed the weekend's news feeling anger and pain. Like many of you, I asked myself, "How can this happen?"
Our thoughts and prayers go out to a community which has been deeply divided by hatred, racism and violence. We pray especially for those victims of the violence and their loved ones.
Our values as a Catholic college call us to stand in solidarity with those who are being intimidated and marginalized. Although colleges and universities are places of free expression, the violence we witnessed is in opposition to free expression and learning.
On behalf of the College, I reaffirm our commitment to diversity, inclusion and community and am confident that our College's leadership will continue to work to maintain a safe and welcoming place of learning.
As we begin our new academic year in a few days, I ask that all of us remain vigilant in our care for our fellow community members.