Nov. 15, 2016
We are here to support you and to listen ...
Yesterday you received a message from me encouraging campus unity. I am very pleased to forward this additional statement from and to our community. Please know that we are proud to be members of this community and very happy that our campus unity is so clearly evidenced.
Take a look around our wonderful campus and you will see that we are a diverse community. Given our diversity and in light of recent events, some of us may feel uncertain, threatened, or unsafe at this very moment because of our race, ethnicity, disability, gender, orientation, undocumented status, religious beliefs or worldview. As members of our community, we want each and every one of you to know that you belong, you are one of us, you are valued, and you are loved. We will work ceaselessly to ensure our campus is a safe space for you.
If you don't feel safe today, please reach out to someone. It's crucial to us that you are safe and that you feel safe, but we also want you to be healthy and happy, to know that you are valued and are part of our community. Our campus is full of faculty and staff who have big hearts, available ears, sturdy shoulders, and open offices, and they are here to help students and colleagues in any way they are able.
If you want to talk or need support, our community has resources available to you. If you have someone you have built a personal relationship with, don't hesitate to contact them. If you don't have a personal relationship with someone you can reach out to, please contact any of the people listed below, and they will put you in touch with someone who can help.
If you do feel safe in this moment, we ask that you please be kind, warm, and welcoming to those who do not, and that you support them as you are able. Ask yourself, "What can I do to make sure that every person in our campus community feels that they belong to our community and feels safe here?" Make a conscious decision to be good to people, to go above and beyond regular, casual interactions to make sure that our campus is a safe haven for everyone. Of equal importance: if you see someone being mistreated, harassed, or discriminated against, say something. Often those who most need help are scared to ask for it, for fear of unwanted attention or retaliation. Part of our responsibility as a community is to stand up for each other and make perfectly clear that we will not tolerate poor treatment of ourselves or others.
As it does in nature, diversity makes a system robust and resilient. Now more than ever, we must come together, all of us—faculty, staff, students, the entire university community—to ensure that we remain resilient, that diversity continues to be one of our strongest attributes, that we are inclusive of every individual, and that our campus remains a safe and welcoming environment for all.
On behalf of CFA Stanislaus
Steven Filling, President
On behalf of CSUEU Stanislaus
Dawn McCulley, President
Speaker of the Faculty
On behalf of APC Stanislaus
Tammy Worthington, Chief Steward
President, Stanislaus State