Dear Members of the Syracuse University Community: Over the last several months, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees have engaged in constructive, collaborative and respectful dialogue. The Board of Trustees created a Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity…
Message to the University Community from Chancellor Syverud
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
The past ten days have demonstrated much about the importance of listening to our students and responding to their concerns.
On November 3, students organized as THE General Body rallied on the steps of Hendricks Chapel before marching to Crouse-Hinds Hall. Like our students have done throughout the ages, they carried signs, chanted and encouraged passersby to join their cause. I cannot say enough how much I admire and respect the students’ commitment to this University.
The students demanded action and I believe we have responded.
University College Dean Bea González, my executive team, and I have given this effort our full attention. We have thoughtfully reviewed and responded to multiple demands and documents, offered a wide range of very substantive actions that will be implemented right away, and have committed to a process for future action. The experience has been a learning one for all of us.
To make significant change, though, we need to move forward. Tonight we responded with our final written response and have informed THE General Body that our time must now be spent addressing the needs of the entire student body. To do this best, I believe we and THE General Body should work collaboratively with the duly elected representatives and governing bodies that are currently in place, including the Student Association and the Graduate Student Organization, to bring continued action and resolution to these concerns. I look forward to being an active participant in this process.
Finally, on behalf of Syracuse University, I apologize to those who have experienced stress and anguish owing to the process and communications regarding decisions made on issues important to members of our community. In particular, I apologize that decisions about the Advocacy Center, as well as the Posse Program, have caused this to occur. I have sincerely tried to engage and seek opportunities for students, faculty, staff and alumni to provide their thoughts and opinions on these important issues. However, I recognize some in our community have felt left out, and I regret that.
We will do better.
Chancellor Kent Syverud