Resources for Campus Leaders Crafting Messages in Response to Issues of Racial and Social Justice

AAC&U is pleased to share statements and letters from several college and university presidents in response to recent current events regarding issues of racial and social justice. We hope you will use these letters as resources as you craft your own responses to these important issues. We invite member presidents to share their own statements by emailing Ross Berry at

On Listening: University of Richmond (December 8, 2016)

Letter of the Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming: Yale University (November 21, 2016)

American Historical Association Statement in Aftermath of 2016 Election (November 18, 2016)

Message to the Sewanee Campus Community (November 18, 2016)

Learning How to Be Together (November 17, 2016)

Message from Illinois State University President Larry Dietz (November 16, 2016)

Our Values as a Community: Lafayette College (November 16, 2016)

Brown President’s Statement on Vandalism of Flags (November 16, 2016)

Racist Posters on Campus: Amherst College (November 16, 2016)

President’s Message: College of Staten Island, CUNY (November 15, 2016)

Message from President Tomás D. Morales: California State University, San Bernadino (November 14, 2016)

Message from Executive Leadership Regarding National Events: Adelphi University (November 14, 2016)

Statement to Students, Faculty, and Staff of Notre Dame de Namar University (November 14, 2016)

Letter on the Presidential Election from FIT President Joyce F. Brown (November 14, 2016)

President Jessup Pens Letter Regarding UNLV's Core Values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (November 13, 2016)

Message to the Bentley University Community from President Gloria Larson (November 12, 2016)

Message from Keystone College President David L. Coppola (November 12, 2016)

A Message from President Julio Frenk: University of Miami (November 11, 2016)

Statement from the Columbus State University President (November 11, 2016)

What It Means To Be A Pacifican: University of the Pacific (November 11, 2016)

Statement From Oregon State University President on the Election (November 11, 2016)

Statement from Goucher College President Jose Bowen (November 11, 2016)

Message from President Barron on the Presidential Election: Pennsylvania State University (November 10, 2016)

Moving Forward, Message from President Brown: Boston University (November 10, 2016)

Post-Election Campus Message: Geneseo College (November 10, 2016)

President Michael B. Alexander Message to the Community: Lasell College (November 10, 2016)

Letter to the MIT Community Regarding the New Administration in Washington (November 10, 2016)

Finding a Way Forward: Skidmore College (November 10, 2016)

Statement from Chancellor James B. Milliken on the Presidential Election (November 10, 2016)

Message from President Carl J. Strikwerda: Elizabethtown College (November 10, 2016)

Message from President John Fitzgibbons: Regis University (November 9, 2016)

Statement from Nazareth College President Daan Braveman on the Election (November 9, 2016)

Statement on 2016 Presidential Election Results: Biola University (November 9, 2016)

Post-Election Discussions and Activities: Humboldt University (November 9, 2016)

Message from the President and Provost on Civil Discourse in Our Global Community: Webster University (November 9, 2016)

A Gathering of Unity Austin College (November 9, 2016)

A Statement from the Iowa Campus Compact Board of Directors (November 9, 2016)

A Letter From President Dubroy: Shaw University (November 9, 2016)

Email to Students November 9th, 2016: Edgewood College (November 9, 2016)

A Path Forward, Together: Williams College (November 9, 2016)

From President Murphy, After the Election: DeAnza College (November 9, 2016)

Statement from President Brodhead Following the 2016 Election (November 9, 2016)

University of California Statement on Presidential Election Results (November 9, 2016)

President Grant Cornwell's message to the Rollins College community after the 2016 election (November 9, 2016)

Post-Election Message from President Nelsen: Sacramento State (November 9, 2016)

Statement by University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds on Free Speech (September 28, 2016)

Essay by Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch: How Campus Leaders Should Deal with Current Racial Tensions and Violence (August 9, 2016)

Blog Post by Nazareth College President Daan Bravemaan: Diversity As An Enriching Experience (July 19, 2016)

Letter from Claflin University President Henry N. Tisdale: The Racial Divide: Time for that Long Overdue Discussion (July 13, 2016)

Letter from Morehouse College President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. to Morehouse College Students on Social Justice and Racial Equity (July 8, 2016)

Letter from Wagner College President Richard Guarasci: We Stand with Orlando (June 17, 2016)

Letter from University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp: Coming Together in Solidarity after the Orlando Shooting (June 17, 2016)

Letter from Rollins College President Grant H. Cornwell: Driving Out the Darkness of Ignorance with Light (June 13, 2016)

President's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion: Augustana College (March 14, 2016)

Building Tolerance on American Campuses: Virginia Wesleyan College (January 25, 2016)

Selected AAC&U Resources

2017 Annual Meeting Symposium: Student Activism and Liberal Education: Faculty Engagement in Turbulent Times (January 25, 2017)

2017 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success Conference: Voices Leading Change (March 16-18, 2017)

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

America's Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education

Step Up & Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides

Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning

Academic Freedom and Educational Responsibility

A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future (especially chapters IV and V)

The Drama of Diversity and Democracy: Higher Education and American Commitments
(Second Edition 2011)