Paulette Granberry Russell, J.D.
President's Message

NADOHE Statement on Violence Within the Nation’s Capitol

CONTACT: Debra S. Nolan, CAE
Phone: 800-793-7025, Email: [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 7, 2021 - Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The new year was greatly anticipated as a time of new beginnings. Instead, on January 6, 2021, we witnessed violence on the grounds and within the building of our nation’s capitol, incited by President Trump, who encouraged his supporters to demonstrate their disagreement with the legitimate November election outcome. What should have been a peaceful transfer of power that is the hallmark of U.S. democracy turned into a day of destruction and death. Although many are shocked and outraged by what took place, the disruption was unsurprising after four years of an administration that has promoted hate, and peddled lies, conspiracy theories and disdain for the norms of civil behavior that should exist even when we fundamentally disagree with one another.  

As leaders in Higher Education focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, we cannot ignore the role that race baiting has played in these events, with white supremacists emboldened and encouraged by President Trump. Nor can we fail to defend the essential role of facts and truth-seeking as the basis of an equitable, respectful culture.

NADOHE deplores these disgraceful events and calls on its members and leaders in all sectors of society to remain vigilant in our support to democracy. We remain committed to the wellbeing of our campus communities.

As the pre-eminent voice for chief diversity officers in higher education and with more than 1,100 members representing 750 colleges and universities, NADOHE's mission is to lead higher education towards inclusive excellence through institutional transformation. For more information about NADOHE,
visit www.nadohe.org.

 

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