A commitment to inclusion is a bedrock principle of our society. At 11 a.m. Oct. 30, we will observe a campus-wide moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives this weekend in Pittsburgh.
To our campus community,
Like you, I am shocked and deeply saddened by the violence that occurred this weekend at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our nation has endured far too many tragedies rooted in intolerance and hatred, and it is especially sobering to have such a horrific crime occur right here in western Pennsylvania.
I ask you to hold the victims and their families in your thoughts as they struggle to find peace in the aftermath of this senseless violence. But our thoughts and prayers, however sincere, are not enough.
Today I encourage each of you, as a member of our University community, to reaffirm your commitment to inclusion as a bedrock principle of our society. I urge you to consider how you, as an individual, will exemplify our University’s core values of integrity, civility and responsibility in your daily life.
California University stands firm in its belief that all are welcome, regardless of race, religion, background or beliefs. Hate has no place here – and we must work together to create a world that recognizes the worth of every individual.
At 11 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 30, we will observe a campus-wide moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives this weekend in Pittsburgh and in support of those, including law enforcement personnel, who were injured in the attack. Let us pause, together, to reflect on what we can do to embrace our common humanity.
It is important, now more than ever, that we reject intolerance and stand side by side as one inclusive and caring community.
Geraldine M. Jones, University President