Dear Campus Community:

The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, followed by the loss of the officers in Dallas, have shaken us all. In the midst of this troubling time many of you – students, faculty and staff – have contacted me asking to be part of a broader campus response. Along with our Office of Multicultural Affairs, I am reaching out in the coming days to explore how best for us to respond, how best we can facilitate healing, how best for us to be part of the solution to such senseless violence.

In times of great despair, I am always encouraged by the caring and compassion expressed on our campus. This past month I was reminded of a core value for our campus, city and nation, that we are unified and strengthened by our diversity. During this period of great pain, let's rely on one another to chart a path forward, respond with unity and decisiveness that we are, and will be, a part of the solution.

Please know that services are available for anyone that needs support and assistance. The Counseling Center is ready to help our campus. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Dean of Students Office are also open for anyone who wants to talk or just needs a place to be with others. If you need to talk with me, don't hesitate to reach out. Our leadership team is ready to offer support and assistance during this difficult time.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor