NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (WC)-- Westminster College joins those who are calling for justice and accountability. Black Lives Matter. No one should be subject to police brutality and racial injustice. Here is President Kathy Richardson's full full statement.
We at Westminster are mindful of the grief, fear and anger felt by our Black students and other members of our community in recent days. We also support those who are calling for justice and accountability. Black Lives Matter. No one should be subject to police brutality and racial injustice.
Our institution was founded with a vision for inclusion and acceptance, and we seek each day to live out that vision. The College motto reminds us of the importance of "sealing the law"—keeping the law of love toward God and all humankind as a part of our everyday actions. As a society, an institution and as individuals, we have much to achieve if we are to demonstrate that law of love daily. Growing up in Georgia when I did, I saw firsthand the inequities and mistreatment afforded Black residents in my town and state. Yet I also saw the progress achieved when righteous men and women acted courageously to spark the changes that were so desperately needed.
As a campus community, we are committed to such a process. We have just completed a Campus Climate Survey to help us better understand the experiences of students, staff and faculty on our campus, and this fall we will join with Associate Dean of Students Candace Okello who will guide our work on campus inclusion and diversity.
During the coming year, we will resume our “Civil Dialogues” on campus, frank times for listening and learning together that will be led by our Student Government Association, and our entering first-year students will again read Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson as their first college assignment.
We have sent messages of support to our students this week and will continue to do so throughout the summer. Vice President Vance has offered additional resources to our students to help promote better understanding and response to the need for equity and respect. I will be working through those materials this summer as I acknowledge how much I need to learn and to grow.
As we live and work together on our campus, let us remain committed to seeking justice, loving mercy and walking humbly before God as the prophet Micah charged us to so many centuries ago. The work will not be easy, but it is critically important for all of us to engage in as members of the “We in Westminster” community. Together, and only together, we are Titan strong.