August 16, 2017
Dear Campus Community:
I know you join me in wishing the people of Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding area, as well as our colleagues at the University of Virginia, peace and calm in the days and weeks ahead. I applaud UVA President Teresa Sullivan for condemning the heartbreaking events inspired by hate and resulting in fatal violence and our colleagues at Texas A&M for taking a stand to not host a potential continuation of such hate and violence.
Westfield State University, as an institution of higher education, plays a role in the ongoing dialogue surrounding race and culture. I ask you to remember this as we reflect on the events in Charlottesville and prepare to welcome back our students for the Fall 2017 semester. Let us be sure that these tragic events spur useful reflection, open dialogue, and positive action on our campus, in our communities, and across our nation.
Ramon S. Torrecilha