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Reaffirming a Deep and Abiding Commitment

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

By Lynn Pasquerella

A week ago today, more than 132 million voters across America made their voices heard in an historic presidential election. Since then, the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported over 300 incidents of election-related harassment and intimidation, with the highest occurrences in primary and secondary schools and on college and university campuses. Higher education must play a leadership role in safeguarding the free exchange of ideas and providing models for fostering respectful dialogue across ideological differences.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities’ mission of making liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice is grounded in the conviction that a deepening engagement with diverse perspectives is fundamental to a flourishing democracy. AAC&U stands alongside its nearly 1,400 members in reaffirming a deep and abiding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the wellbeing of our democratic culture and as the cornerstones of excellence in liberal education. For a sampling of how campuses are taking action to advance these ideals, we invite you to visit our link to Resources for Campus Leaders Crafting Messages in Response to Issues of Racial and Social Justice. We look forward to continued collaboration in championing our shared objectives.

Lynn Pasquerella