Office of the President

Town Hall for Unity, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.

Nov. 14, 2016

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

The days have gone by, but the strong emotions generated by a divisive presidential campaign and the aftermath of the election remain just as raw for many across the country and on our own campus.

Now, reports of hate speech and aggressive behavior are on the rise in many different communities; our own campus is not immune to the bigotry and bullying taking place with greater frequency since the election. I want to reiterate that, whatever side of the political sphere anyone is on, this is simply not acceptable anywhere. We must raise our voices against fearmongering and intolerance.

While it is not the role of the University to enter the political fray — and we are well aware that there are conflicting perspectives — it is our role to make sure there is space for civil and respectful discussion, including disagreement. Through it all, Brandeis must never stop asserting our values of inclusion and justice.  

This is why I am so grateful to Brandeis students for organizing a special Town Hall for Unity, on Tuesday, November 15, from 8-10 p.m., in Gerstenzang 123. It will be a chance for all of us — regardless of our backgrounds or beliefs — to get together to share our perspectives, fears, and hopes; to talk and to listen.

Read the post about the event on Facebook.

I will be there on Tuesday evening, along with Provost Lisa Lynch and a panel of six other faculty members. I sincerely hope you will join us.