President's Message

President's Message: We're All Widener

By Julie E. Wollman
Front of Old Main

Dear Members of the Widener Community,
 
We’re all Widener. These words are a touchstone for our campus community. They guide our interactions; they embody an ethos of respect, compassion and advocacy when we see a breakdown in civility and community standards; they give voice to our commitment to a caring welcome for all. 
 
Words are difficult to summon when our hearts are breaking at the toxic results of discrimination, polarization, and historic inequities. Yet, recent events-- a series of horrific racist incidents and senseless deaths, on top of healthcare disparities laid brutally bare by the pandemic-- make it clear that our university’s touchstone words are important across our country now more than ever.
 
Our anger and anguish over injustice points to what needs to be done.  We must listen to those who are not heard. We must use our voices to demand compassion and justice. We must move from sadness and shock about what is occurring to act, as individuals and as a society, to make change. 
 
We must act as advocates and change-makers to represent the ethos of We’re all Widener, not just within our campus community but well beyond it.
 
To that end, we are planning a virtual event to come together and share thoughts and ideas for what we can do as individuals and as a campus. We have worked to create a campus environment that welcomes candid, challenging conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion, through dialogues like Common Ground and DiversiTeas, among others. Please watch for information on an upcoming event, building on these frank conversations, from Chief Diversity Officer, Micki Davis. We hope you will participate.
 
Together in the spirit of compassion and unity,
 
Julie

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