Ravens Share Grief, Experiences and Hope
June 4, 2020
On Wednesday evening, June 3, members of the Franklin Pierce community ‒ including
students, alumni and their families, faculty and staff ‒ convened for a community
gathering to address our nation’s struggle with the anguish, anger and violence associated
with the killing of George Floyd. President Mooney offered the opening remarks for
the conversation facilitated by Andrew Pollom, dean of student affairs, and Derek
Scalia, director of retention and diversity.
The virtual gathering offered a moving opportunity to offer words of encouragement,
learn of others’ experiences, reflect on the University’s new Diversity and Inclusivity Statement finalized early this spring, and encourage the sharing of ideas that is crucial in
the work for justice and inclusion we hold dear at Franklin Pierce.
“I want to thank everyone who participated in the dialogue last night for their courage,
honesty and kindness as we discussed the deep wounds and pain stemming from the horrific
killing of George Floyd and the underlying issues we face as a nation,” said President
Kim Mooney. “The sharing of ideas and experiences is crucial to gain the understanding
we must achieve to make our University Diversity and Inclusivity Statement a reality,
not only for generations of Ravens to come, but our society as a whole. Please know
that this important work will and must continue. I ask that our entire community remain
engaged in the dialogue that plays such an important role in opening minds and hearts.”
A second virtual gathering to reflect on diversity and inclusivity will be scheduled
soon. Members of the Franklin Pierce community are asked to monitor their email and
RavenFlash communications for details. We hope you will attend to share your views
Franklin Pierce University Diversity and Inclusivity Statement
- In the intrinsic worth of every person.
- In the value of diversity and inclusion.
- That our differences---perspectives, experiences, backgrounds---strengthen our community.
- That Franklin Pierce University is a place where all are welcome.
We Are Dedicated to:
- Embracing every person for who they are and who they wish to become.
- Addressing inequality and promoting equity.
- Fostering a culture of care, respect, and safety within and outside the University.
- Nurturing the self-discovery and self-worth of every student.
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