来自董事会的消息

To: The W&L 社区
来自:Mike Mcalevey'86,Rector
日期:10月。 22,2020
RE:受托人的更新


I hope you and your loved ones are faring well in these challenging times. Earlier this month, 澳门太阳城首页's 受托人董事会 convened virtually for our annual fall meeting. We had the opportunity to hear an update on the campus response to COVID-19. And we wish to express our support and appreciation for our students and faculty who are adapting to new methods of living, learning, and teaching. No less is true of our staff and administration, who are working to provide the best possible experience for our students under difficult circumstances. We recognize that this is a challenging time for everyone as we seek the right balance between campus openness, for which W&L is renowned, and the precautions required to keep our entire community safe and healthy during this global pandemic.

We also heard an update from the Special Committee charged with assisting the full board in its examination of the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. These considerations also encompass the issue of the university's name and the design of its diploma. The committee has compiled a great deal of information thus far. In our meeting, we focused our discussion on its findings as they bear on institutional history and the present cultural environment: the national focus on racial justice with its impact on higher education. Moreover, we reviewed W&L's actions to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in light of actions at our peer institutions.

正如我在我之前的消息中所说,董事会将考虑一下达成我们决定的因素。我们正在进行进度,但我们的进程尚未完成。我们继续收集来自我们社区的数据。我们通过我们的官方调查中听到了超过14,000人,周五关闭,总体响应率为44%。我们的每个选区都是很好的,来自校友的46%的答复,47%的本科生,61%的法律学生,51%的教师和工作人员,35%的父母。感谢您花时间与我们分享您的想法。

除了调查外,我们还预定了13个与学生,教师,员工和校友的聆听会议,并读了数千个个人通信。虽然它仍然很早,但很明显这些问题唤起了强烈的情绪,特别是在这一历史时刻,我们的社区深受大学名称。但其他共同主题也是新兴的:其中,我们的选区对该机构的奉献和感情,对我们核心价值观的承诺以及大学履行其巨大潜力的期望。与此同时,有广泛的认可,在多样性,股权和包容方面仍有很大的工作,并清楚地支持扩大我们在这些领域的努力,包括大学的要素 战略计划.

I wish to reiterate that the Board is committed to a thorough, thoughtful, and inclusive process and urge you to approach these questions with respect for one another and with minds that are open to views and experiences that differ from your own. We have seen W&L's values of civility and open discourse in action in your letters and in our listening calls, where people with divergent views have listened and found common ground in their dedication to the university. We must continue in that spirit over the coming months if we are to emerge from this process a stronger institution.

Thank you for your support of W&L and your cooperation and patience as we continue with this critical work.