Resources for Responding to Issues of Racial and Social Justice

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


Statement of Solidarity: The Citadel’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center (June 2020)

A Message from Rhodes College President Marjorie Hass (June 1, 2020)

Racial Justice and Rollins College (June 1, 2020)

Oregon State University: After Another Tragedy, It's Time to Make Real Change a Priority (May 31, 2020) 


Webster University: Message from the Chancellor, the President and the Chief Diversity Officer (May 30, 2020)


Why Gen Z Activists Are the Leaders of Tomorrow (December 19, 2019)


AAC&U Endorses International Pronouns Day (June 15, 2018)

Separating Families at U.S. Borders is a Public Health Issue (June 14, 2018)

Higher Ed's Role in Addressing School Violence (May 9, 2018)

University of Florida President, Kent Fuchs’ Campus Community Message (August 14, 2017)

Addressing the Protests in Charlottesville: Brown University (August 13, 2017)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: When White Supremacists Descend, What Can a College President Do? (August 12, 2017)

UVA Community Message from President Sullivan (August 12, 2017)

President's Statement on Immigration: American University (February 10, 2017)

Statement from President Paul Dangerfield: Capilano University (February 1, 2017)

LSSU President Tom Pleger Releases Statement Concerning Executive Order on Immigration (February 1, 2017)

Executive Order on Immigration: Buffalo State, The State University of New York (January 31, 2017)

From President Murphy, A Community of Inclusion: De Anza College (January 31, 2017)

Pride in the Value of Trinity's Interconnected Community (January 31, 2017)

Tusculum College Statement (January 31, 2017)

Federal Executive Orders Affecting Our Community: University of Redlands (January 31, 2017)

Statement from Lane Community College President Mary Spilde to the Community (January 31, 2017)

Message from the President of Greenfield Community College (January 31, 2017)

The Immigration Executive Order and Our Values at Mills (January 31, 2017)

Principal Dr. Susan Mumm’s Official Statement on U.S. Executive Order: Brescia University College (January 31, 2017)

Statement from Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, President of Millsaps College (January 31, 2017)

Our Neighbors: Malone University (January 31, 2017)

Message Regarding Immigration and Travel Ban: Muhlenberg College (January 30, 2017)

Message from the President of Wagner College (January 30, 2017)

Statement on Federal Executive Order: Ramapo College of New Jersey (January 30, 2017)

Message from University of Illinois System Leadership (January 30, 2017)

President Finegold’s Statement on Immigration Executive Order: Chatham University (January 30, 2017)

American Historical Association Condemns Executive Order Restricting Entry to the United States (January 30, 2017)

President Harrison’s Statement on White House Executive Orders: California State University, Northridge (January 30, 2017)

California State University Statement on President Trump's Executive Order (January 30, 2017)

Statement on Executive Order on Immigration: Elizabethtown College (January 30, 2017)

A Message from Dr. Gitenstein Concerning Immigration Changes: The College of New Jersey (January 30, 2017)

Statement from President Carolyn J. Stefanco Regarding Executive Order on Travel to U.S.: The College of Saint Rose (January 30, 2017)

A Message from President Krislov: Oberlin College & Conservatory (January 30, 2017)

A Message from Dr. Pestello About the Executive Order on Immigration: Saint Louis University (January 30, 2017)

Message to Campus from President Michael Benson: Eastern Kentucky University (January 30, 2017)

Message from President Leslie E. Wong: San Francisco State University (January 30, 2017)

Message from President Torrecilha: Westfield State University (January 30, 2017)

 University of Evansville Issues Statement on Immigration Restriction Order (January 30, 2017)

Message from President Anne E. Huot: Keene State College (January 30, 2017)

Statement From Rockhurst University President the Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., on U.S. Immigration Policy (January 30, 2017)

Purchase College President Thomas Schwarz's Statement on Trump's Executive Order (January 30, 2017)

Statement on Federal Executive Order: The State University of New York Geneseo (January 30, 2017)

Statement from Millikin President Dr. Patrick White (January 30, 2017)

Reaffirming Our Commitment to an Inclusive Community: Knox College (January 30, 2017)

In Response to Friday’s Executive Order on Immigration: University of the Sciences (January 30, 2017)

Message from the President: Augustana College (January 30, 2017) 

Statement: President Pribbenow, Provost Kaivola on Executive Orders by President Donald J. Trump: Augsburg College (January 30, 2017)

We Are Goucher (January 30, 2017)

Message from the President: Central State University (January 30, 2017)

In Solidarity and Welcome: A Message from Wofford College President Nayef Samhat (January 30, 2017)

Message to the Community: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (January 30, 2017)

Statement on Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”: North Essex Community College (January 30, 2017)

Dr. Knapp Responds to Presidential Executive Order on Immigration Restrictions: The George Washington University (January 30, 2017)

Statement on the Immigration Ban Executive Order: George Mason University (January 30, 2017)

Letter to the Macalester College Community (January 30, 2017)

Response to Executive Order on Immigration: Oregon State University (January 30, 2017)

Message from the President: California State University, Fullerton (January 29, 2017)

Message from Notre Dame of Maryland University on Executive Order on Immigration (January 29, 2017)

Wheaton's Global Community (January 29, 2017)

Immigration Policy following Executive Order: Mount Holyoke College (January 29, 2017)

Wesleyan University: We Are All Immigrants! (January 29, 2017)

Memo to Campus Regarding President Trump’s Immigration Order: Southern New Hampshire University (January 29, 2017)

Penn State President Shares Message Following Executive Order on Immigration (January 29, 2017)

University of Maryland Response to Executive Order (January 29, 2017)

President Trump Executive Order Impacting International Travel: The University of Vermont (January 29, 2017)

In Support of Our International Students, Scholars and Families: Loyola Marymount University (January 29, 2017)

Response to Executive Order Involving Refugees and Immigrants: Wellesley College (January 29, 2017)

A Response to the Executive Order on Immigration: University of Richmond (January 29, 2017)

Immigration Executive Order: Boston College (January 29, 2017)

President Eisgruber Issues Statement on Federal Immigration Executive Order: Princeton University (January 29, 2017)

Statement from President Rawlings Regarding Immigration Executive Order: Cornell University (January 29, 2017)

Regarding Our International Students, Staff, and Faculty: Georgetown University (January 29, 2017)

Indiana University Statement on Immigration Executive Order (January 29, 2017)

Response to Executive Order on Immigration: Williams College (January 29, 2017) 

A Response to the Executive Order on Refugees and Immigration: Barnard College (January 29, 2017)

UVA President, Provost Address Immigration Issues (January 29, 2017)

Message from the President International Travel Advisory: Middlebury College (January 28, 2017)

Statement on U.S. President Executive Order on Immigration: Webster University (January 28, 2017)

Amid Political Polarization and Anxiety, a Message to the Roger Williams University Community (January 26, 2017)

Whittier College Supports DACA Students (January 20, 2017)

Welcome to Spring Semester: Washington and Jefferson College (January 17, 2017)

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

Questions Regarding the Meaning of “Sanctuary Campus”: The University of Vermont (December 6, 2016)

Note on the Sanctuary Campus Petition: Texas Women’s University (December 1, 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)