Statement on the Events at the Capitol
What occurred today in the nation’s capital, was a tragedy. The events of the day reflect the deep political divisiveness we currently face along with long standing issues of social and racial inequity.
As we heard from, and talked with, faculty, staff, and students today, one thing became evident. So many of us were overwhelmed by, and in need of talking about, the emotions generated by the events themselves.
We witnessed a ground-breaking election in Georgia, a violent riot and take-over of the capital building, a political protest of our valid elections, and a record-setting pandemic surge.
As a community of higher education, we are prone to analyze, reflect, and seek understanding about what we are experiencing as a nation. We invite you, encourage you, to seek those spaces (Student Diversity and belonging events, the OUDI/Student Affairs Campus Conversations series, the upcoming Social Justice Teach In, etc.) and the people with whom you can think, express, and discuss.
We also strongly encourage you to pursue radical care, love, and grace for yourself and others. Utilize campus resources, from the Counseling Center to self-care tips that the Dean of Students Office and others have promoted.
Stay engaged, find your voice and response to this moment, remain committed to finding a way forward as a community and as a nation, and remember the power of hope.
Dr. Denise Isom, Interim Vice President for University Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Keith Humphrey, Vice President for Student Affairs