Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity Monica Nixon on Charlottesville, Saint Joseph’s and Our Work Ahead

TO: All Students

FROM: Monica L. Nixon, Ed.D., Assistant Provost for Inclusion and Diversity

RE: Charlottesville, Saint Joseph’s and Our Work Ahead

Over the last week in Charlottesville and other cities around the world, we have witnessed violent and hateful demonstrations of white supremacy, racism and religious extremism. These forces are not new. The insidious effects of racism, nationalism and other forms of systemic oppression impact each and every one of us. To echo Dr. Reed, Saint Joseph’s values stand in opposition to these forces, and our community is one compelled to action in the face of injustice.

On Wednesday, August 30, Saint Joseph’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity invites all members of our community to come together for prayer, dialogue and contemplation of our collective capacity for positive change. Join the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Academic Affairs, Campus Ministry, Student Life and others in the Campion Student Center and Wolfington Hall. Further details about this event, and future opportunities for community reflection, will be posted on the Office of Inclusion and Diversity website.

Later this semester, Saint Joseph’s will host a commemoration of the 1967 visit to campus by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A series of events organized around the theme, “Our Destinies are Tied Together,” will kick off with a day-long program on Thursday, October 26, where members of the SJU community will discuss how Dr. King’s remarks still resonate 50 years later.

I hope you will participate in these events and share your perspective as our community works to break down barriers and challenge the viewpoints that divide our nation and world. We cannot afford complacency, nor can we risk any false moral equivalency between those who promote hate and those who oppose it. The work of eradicating oppression must be the responsibility of all of us who aspire to the examples of Jesus Christ and St. Ignatius of Loyola.