At Post University, just like across the country, our hearts are heavy as we see another instance of violence inflicted on a black man in America. The unconscionable deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky have left us grieving. These acts of racial bias and violence are beyond troubling. We must stand together to eradicate the racism that allows such tragedies to occur.
I am angry. Earlier today, I was made aware of some very disturbing emails sent to some associates at the University. Contrary to the postings, the individual referenced in the emails is not associated with our University, and is not part of our incoming class. Our community has zero tolerance for act of hate, racism, and bigotry. The views expressed do not represent the values of our University and make me sick. It appears that this malicious act has impacted other colleges and universities as well.
Over 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about the “appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, ‘Wait on time.’” It is once again time to say something, but in a responsible and productive way, as Dr. King would insist.
I encourage you to show your support for students, colleagues or neighbors of color who are feeling the weight of these tragedies. Injustice is dependent on indifference. Leadership is about showing up and saying something, so speak up for what is right. If you see a person hurting, reach out and let them know they are not alone.
For all of our students, faculty and staff of all races, know that your Eagle family values you and is here to support you. We want to provide a safe, inclusive environment for everyone at Post University. Post associates have access to confidential resources through our EAP program free of charge.
For our students, we have people you can talk to about these difficult times. Our Dean of Students and her team are also working on a plan to engage students this summer. We welcome thoughts and ideas from our students related to programming. Students also have access to our Counseling Center, which offers free and confidential mental health assistance as well as You@Post.
We are all responsible for doing the right thing, treating all people fairly and always with the highest level of respect, as we are all family. We must come together to support each other in this trying time. Post University does not condone racial intolerance. We must continue to work together to provide a safe, inclusive environment for all Eagles and our community.
Warmest personal regards,
John L. Hopkins
CEO & President Post University