"The future of our democracy depends upon our ability to create inclusive and equitable communities to which everyone is invited to contribute their ideas, gifts and enthusiasms."
President Valerie Smith

Valerie Smith

"Campuses such as ours must ensure that all who live and work here — whatever their ethnic, racial or socioeconomic background, gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs — feel that their experiences and perspectives are valued and respected. We will never agree on everything, but all of us must learn from one another how to express dissent, to acknowledge and navigate conflict, and to work alongside those with whom we might vehemently disagree. For true engagement to occur, not only must we respect and value difference but we must allow ourselves to be changed in the encounter with it."

excerpt from President Valerie Smith's inaugural address