Today’s events in our country
Dear Fellow Albrightians,
Today is a sad day for all of us. By now you have likely seen the news about the violence and chaos that erupted at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., halting the counting of the electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory. This disruption, and the violence that ensued, shakes the very core of American democracy and what is supposed to be a peaceful transition of power. No matter where your political affiliations lie, violence is simply not okay. Today’s events at the capitol do not align with the American concept of democracy and should never be repeated.
This news has not been easy for any of us to process. It has created fear and anxiety at an already challenging time. Please know that your Albright community is here to support you and to provide space to talk, listen and process as we move forward. An important quality of our liberal arts community is its relentless encouragement of difficult conversations and the exchange of ideas. Therefore, I encourage each of you, whether during classes or one-on-one with a friend, faculty member, staff member or office colleagues, to talk, listen and support one another during these difficult days. And remember that at Albright, we live by our shared understanding of expression: “You can disagree. You can’t disrespect.”
It’s understandable that many of you may feel anxious about this evolving situation or have concerns about friends and family and their well-being. Our chaplains are always available to talk to both students and employees, to provide guidance and direction, or simply to listen. Rev. Dr. Mel Sensenig may be reached at email@example.com. (Rev. Ibrahim Bangura and Swamini Allitt are currently on personal leave.) Students may contact the Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532 to talk with a counselor. Faculty and staff may reach out to Albright’s Employee Assistance Program at this link. If your student organization, or a friend group, would like to have a conversation with me, please reach out to my chief of staff, Kathy Cafoncelli, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever the remainder of today holds, tomorrow is always a new day and an opportunity to rise together as a community that is more inclusive and equitable than the day before. So join me in rising to this occasion, because “in order to hope for the best in others, we must first see it in ourselves.” I see the best in each of you, and look forward to seeing you back on campus.
Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D., ’82
President and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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