The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is committed to building a diverse and inclusive campus. Through its comprehensive programs and services, OMA fosters an appreciation and respect for the history, tradition, and culture of different ethnic groups, and empowers students to be active learners.
Dear Campus Community,
Sadly, we once again need to make a statement about violence that has struck our country. We have endured what has become a ritual with two more mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Our hearts ache and we grieve for those impacted while they were simply living their lives. We should all feel outrage by the senseless harm that continues to impact our country at an alarming rate.
In this difficult time, I find the reflection of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s words from a sermon to be appropriate, “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” As we start a new academic year, let us continue to be a university where love is part of our mission. Let us go out of our way to meet people who we didn’t know before, let us listen to other people’s lived experiences and let us seek to dismantle prejudices that cause distrust. Let us speak up when we see efforts that seek to divide our community or target people based on identity. Let us be the leaders the country and the world need right now.
As always, the well-being of our campus community is our top priority. The University Counseling Center (616-331-3266) offers support for students experiencing overwhelming emotions following a tragic event, and the Human Resources Office (616-331-2215) provides a number of resources for employees. Any member of the Grand Valley family who needs support or information on resources can also contact the Division of Inclusion and Equity (616-331-3296).
Jesse M. Bernal, Ph.D.
Vice President for Inclusion and Equity
Grand Valley State University
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