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Statement from President Seligman on recent events in Charlottesville

This weekend’s tragic events in Virginia demonstrate once again how much we still must do as a nation to bridge the racial and cultural divides that beset too many of our communities. The racism and violence on display in Charlottesville demean us all, and we must acknowledge that the hate we saw this weekend is not limited to any geographic boundary.

As we grieve the violence and tragic loss of life in Charlottesville, let me state unequivocally that the University of Rochester is committed to a diverse and inclusive culture of mutual respect and support. As we embark on a new academic year, I ask each member of our University community to continue to work to ensure that our institution is one where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and respected every day.