Message from Wheelock Institutional Leadership Team Following Violence in Charlottesville

August 17, 2017

Dear Wheelock College Community-

We write to you as leaders of Wheelock College to share our concerns about the horrific events of the past several days. The hateful speech and violence espoused in Charlottesville and threatened in other scheduled demonstrations across the country under the guise of free speech, and acts locally such as the vandalism of the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston, have no place in society or on our campus.

As leaders, we condemn the divisive ideologies espoused by white supremacist and anti-Semitic groups in Charlottesville and elsewhere. As a college focused on improving lives, we mourn for the three individuals who were victims of hate and senseless violence.

As the new academic year draws near, we want all members of our community to know that we are dedicated to keeping Wheelock College a safe and welcoming learning environment. The campus is a place where we can discuss challenging issues, and sometimes even disagree, and still grow more knowledgeable and stronger together in a true free speech environment. Our academic and student life leadership will work throughout the year to provide programming and support that addresses the consequences of poverty, inequality, and discrimination for our children, families, and communities.

We are also aware that in challenging times like these, you may need ways to respond to hate and violence in a manner that promotes peace and unity. The following resources are consistent with our mission and may help you take action for good:

Interfaith Gathering of Unity, Love, and Strength
Friday, August 18, 5 p.m.
Temple Israel of Boston (477 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02215)
Hosted by Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
https://www.facebook.com/events/1990314847865995

Message from Roger Brooks: Teaching About Charlottesville
Facing History and Ourselves
https://www.facinghistory.org/about-us/stories/charlottesville

Teachers Share Resources for Addressing Charlottesville Hate Rally in the Classroom
Education Week
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2017/08/resources_for_teachers_charlottesville_students.html

Talking to Students About Charlottesville Violence and Racism
National Education Association
http://neatoday.org/2017/08/14/talking-to-students-about-charlottesville-events/

Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide
https://www.splcenter.org/20170814/ten-ways-fight-hate-community-response-guide

Wheelock Counseling Center
wheelock.edu/counseling-center

Wheelock is a diverse community and we are better for that. Our mission compels us to strive for a world that promotes peace and unity. We believe that each member of our community plays a role in promoting this mission through our learning, teaching and service to Wheelock and to one another, and through our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Sincerely,

Wheelock College Institutional Leadership Team

Dr. David J. Chard
President

Dr. Detris Adelabu
Interim Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Linda Banks-Santilli
Interim Dean, School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies

Dr. Mary Churchill
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook
Vice President for Student Success and Engagement

Anne Marie Martorana
Vice President for Finance and Operations

Mary McCormack
Dean of Student Success

Jennifer Rice
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Dr. Hope Haslam Straughan
Interim Dean, School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy

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