Message from the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Dear Campus Community,
As we prepare to culminate one of the most divisive election seasons in recent memory, we encourage all members of the Pitt community to fully participate in the political process and prioritize civility. A hallmark of the American democratic process is the inclusivity inherent in the broad engagement opportunity. Simply put this is an opportunity to have your voice be heard. Voting, as we know, provides each citizen with the opportunity to decide how we are governed and the direction that our country will take - now and into the future.
As you are engaged in the voting process, please be reminded that expressing your personal political perspective should not come at the expense of disrupting and discouraging others whose perspectives we do not share. It is vital to the political process that each of us feel safe and protected during this time and beyond. Now, more than ever, it is important to respect and support our community during this time. As a learning community committed to inclusion, we must underscore that hateful and prejudiced viewpoints are against our university values.
The divisive nature of this election cycle should not bleed over to our exchanges as a learning community. As always, the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion remains committed to supporting a welcoming campus community. Any instances of bias, intimidation, or harassment within the Pitt campus community should be reported. Students, faculty, and staff should use the Make a Report feature on Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion website to document these events and to allow our department to review and address each matter thoroughly.
Elections are important, as is candidate choice; however, it is far more important that we maintain a learning community that is consistent with our values long after the election. Thank you in advance for the civility extended to fellow community members during this time and beyond.
Lastly, we know that many members of our community have expressed anxiety related to this election and concerns about the aftermath. The University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center has prepared these tips as a resource to help assist you in the days ahead. Please know that as a community we are in this together. Our ability to stand together in this time given all we have faced this semester is critical to confirming our commitment to inclusion and each other.
Stay safe and be well!
Clyde Wilson Pickett, EdD
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
University of Pittsburgh
Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Message from the Dean of Students, Kenyon Bonner
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