Community Unity rally

Apr. 25, 2017

Community Unity Event at Stan State

Dear Campus Community,

Today I write to you to share information about an event called Community Unity that will take place in the Stanislaus State Quad at Noon on Wednesday, April 26. University leadership is aware and supportive of this planned rally.

According to the student group, this rally has been organized for the purpose of “taking a stand against hate speech, violence and white supremacy while supporting and protecting each other.”

As a campus community, we need to embrace a peaceful demonstration where we can begin the conversation. As your President, I want to assure you that our campus and administration supports peaceful dialogue. It is my intent to launch an annual series of workshops, seminars and trainings in collaboration with students, faculty and staff that will embrace diversity and inclusion. We’ve organized and hosted a Day of Remembrance and look forward to the dedication of the Peace Pole and lecture from Dr. Arun Gandhi this Thursday.

We must begin the difficult work of listening to one another, of understanding our shared values, of establishing effective strategies that address acts of prejudice and intolerance and of promoting respectful, constructive dialogue.

We are a campus committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of every member of our University family. We will be with you in the quad tomorrow. We look forward to a positive experience.

Ellen Junn, Ph.D.