June 1, 2020
To the Wilson Community,
Like many of you, I have been devastated by the racism and injustice our nation has seen in recent days. I am saddened by the tragedies impacting people of color in our country. No doubt the black members of our community must be feeling a myriad of emotions right now: anger, fear, pain, and hurt, to name a few. To those members of our community, while I will never know what your life experience is like, I want you to know that I walk with you in support.
Wilson College has long been a place to raise up those who need to be given a voice. Our founding as a woman’s college is a testament to that principle. We stand today as a community opposed to all forms of prejudice, hatred, and violence. It is our duty to be a place that fights ignorance and intolerance. In fact, our honor principle calls for us to respect the dignity of all persons. We must work with our communities and with the world to address the root causes of racism. Unfortunately, inequities exist all around us. Education, such as the one that Wilson provides, is one way to fight the inequality that exists in the world.
Let this moment be our call to action to do more. There is much work to be done to make our own campus a more welcoming place for all, not to mention when we leave the grounds of Wilson’s campus. Join me in rededicating ourselves as a learning community committed to seeking change. Let us model inclusivity by embracing differences and respecting all individuals. Wilson must be a place where the vigorous exchange of viewpoints and ideas is celebrated, but where hatred and racism are called out for what they are. Please join in me in pursuit of these noble goals.
Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D.