President's Pen

October 29, 2018 - A Message to the Whittier College Community

Dear Whittier College Community;
Over the past few days, we have experienced several hate-related incidents that have shaken our country.
In the course of three days, 11 Jewish worshipers were killed in Pittsburgh, an African-American man and woman were targeted and gunned down in Kentucky, and a suspect was arrested for sending mail bombs to several prominent citizens. We also learned last week that the Trans and gender-nonconforming community is being threatened with changes in federal policy, and continuing anti-immigrant sentiment threatens so many.
These verbal assaults and violent attacks on our fellow humans for what we look like, what we believe, who we love, where we come from, or how we identify strike at the very heart of who we are. I am personally saddened by these events. I encourage you to join me in declaring that we must not let hate win.
As an institution founded on the Quaker ideals of peace and social justice and the value of each and every human being, please know that in alignment with our focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Whittier College will always stand up for the rights of all.
Let us offer our support to those who experience hate, bias, discrimination, bullying, verbal and physical assault, abuse, and other unkind acts in our communities on a daily basis.  As Poets, let us set the example by remembering that in the spirit of equity and inclusion, we need to ensure that Whittier is a place where mutual respect defines who we are. A place where tolerance, empathy, and love permeate our culture of learning.
Counseling for students is available on-site at the Counseling Center. After-hour counseling services are available 24/7 by calling the Department of Campus Safety at 562.907.4211 and asking for the on-call therapist. For faculty and staff, counseling is available through the Employee Assistance Program, carried through Ceridian, and can be reached 24/7 at 800.854.1446.
At times like this, when there is so much hurt in our world, I am especially grateful to be part of a community of bright, open-minded, compassionate people who are engaged in making our world a better place for all.