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Standing, Learning Together

Dr. Joseph Savoie -- Wed, 11/09/2016 - 5:20pm

Yesterday’s election ended a long, contentious presidential campaign that was stressful to many Americans.

Differences of opinions about future governance of our country have strained relationships between friends, family members, and neighbors.

But America still rests on a foundation that gives its citizens the right to free speech and the right to vote. Regardless of whether we agree with the outcome of the election, we can still respect the process that’s used to choose our leaders.

With the election behind us, we must now concentrate on trying to find common ground that will enable us to move forward – together – as a nation.

This moment in history reminds us of the importance of higher education. Education is the most effective weapon we have to fight prejudice and to open minds that are closed.

University campuses are places where men and women of all races and religions should be able to exchange ideas and learn from one another. We grow as human beings by listening to others who have different backgrounds and experiences. The University strives to provide an environment that nurtures healthy discourse.

I encourage you to take advantage of resources available on our campus that can help you contribute, in your own way, to a better future.

Both candidates made observations after the election that we can all agree on. President-elect Donald Trump said, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division... No dream is too big, no challenge is too great.” And, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “If we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us.”

Dr. E. Joseph Savoie