In the wake of this moment in our nation’s history, we are undoubtedly feeling a variety of emotions. Anger. Sadness. Confusion. Frustration. All of this hurt is taking place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to significantly impact the world around us.
We also recognize the fundamental values of a liberal arts education, such as what we provide in such a personalized manner at Redlands. As an undergraduate, I attended a liberal arts college similar to the University of Redlands—a liberal arts education includes exposing students to critical discussions, challenging assumptions, encouraging active listening (especially to those who may have differing positions), and allowing opportunities to analyze complex situations like those our country and our University are facing today. Ultimately, it directs back to our mission to educate hearts and minds.
We as a University community not only have the responsibility to uphold these values of a liberal arts education, but to help lead such challenging conversations in a comprehensive and thoughtful manner. In this spirit, our Advancement division will be offering a series of web-based discussions in partnership with Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer Christopher Jones and other campus partners. These free virtual events will feature U of R faculty members from different colleges and schools, students, alumni, civic leaders, and other diverse perspectives coming together in an authentic and educational dialogue:
“Race & Justice in America”
Wednesday, June 17 at 1:00 p.m.
“Diversity in America”
Wednesday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m.
“Race in America: Impact on Students”
Wednesday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m.
“Race in America: Impact on Spirituality”
Wednesday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m.
As shared in the recent statement from the President and his Cabinet, in speaking though action, our University continues to expand its institutional approach toward creating systemic change. I am hopeful that we will find collective strength as we work toward meaningful change, together.