Hidden among the nine (and counting) University emails that assailed undergraudates’ inboxes this evening was a message from President Degioia expressing his regret over the recent acts of vandalism around campus and The Hoya‘s divisive April Fools’ issue. Just like we said!
Writing, “I would like to be clear in stating that it is unacceptable for any member of our community to be subjected to harassing or discriminatory conduct or behavior. We can and must do better,” DeGioia announced that he will hold a community meeting on Monday, April 20th at 5:00 in the ICC Auditorium. There, he will “[share] thoughts on some of the steps we can all take together—as students, faculty and staff—to build a more welcoming and inclusive community.” He also may or may not have issued a veiled thank-you to the SCUnity team for their research.
In other Hoya news, Hoya members will discuss which of the community’s suggestions from last Tuesday’s forum they will try to incorporate into their structure (like getting better community feedback and staying more in-touch with community issues). Their board will vote on these suggestions late tomorrow night, and Voice News will have the whole story on Thursday.
DeGioia’s full email is after the jump.
To the Undergraduate Students of Georgetown University
Ladies and Gentlemen:
In recent weeks we have had a wide-ranging campus conversation about the standards of civility and mutual respect that we should be able to expect from one another here at Georgetown. Regrettably, the catalysts of these discussions were the April 1st, 2009 edition of The Hoya, the recent defacement of the statue of the Virgin Mary on Copley Lawn and of Professor Jan Karski, and the appearance of anti-Semitic graffiti.
I would like to be clear in stating that it is unacceptable for any member of our community to be subjected to harassing or discriminatory conduct or behavior. We can and must do better. We must hold ourselves and each other accountable to the highest standards of respect for all who study or work here. Anything less falls short of Georgetown’s ideals and identity as a Catholic and Jesuit institution. It is gratifying that the student community also has generated important research about diversity, positive ideas for change and productive dialogue. I would like to thank all students who have been a part of those efforts.
Building on that work, I invite you to a community meeting that will be held on Monday, April 20th from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the ICC Auditorium. I will begin the meeting by sharing my thoughts on some of the steps we can all take together – as students, faculty and staff – to build a more welcoming and inclusive community. I very much look forward to hearing your ideas as well.
You have my very best wishes.
John J. DeGioia