Dear Members of the Mount Union Community,
Like many of you, I feel a combination of shock, anger, and dismay over the senseless death of George Floyd. For a person to be treated with such appalling inhumanity, in broad daylight, on a street in an American city, is terribly wrong.
During these troubling times, we at the University of Mount Union are aware that this and other related tragedies are weighing heavy on the hearts of many within our campus community, and we want you to know that we stand with you and are here to support those who have felt and continue to feel the impact of injustice.
In a moment like this, an opportunity to reflect and express our values may be welcome. For those of you who are on or near the campus, Rev. Kyle Woodrow, University chaplain, will open the Dewald Chapel Monday, June 1 for Mount Union community members who would like a moment for quiet reflection, to light a memorial candle, or to speak with him. He may also be reached by phone at (330) 829-8717. The Office of Counseling Services on campus is also available to offer support and can be reached at (330) 823-2886. For employees, our employee assistance program can provide counseling and support as well.
The Mount Union community strives to create and sustain an environment in which each one of us is treated with dignity, seen as a person of great worth, and encouraged to learn, grow, and fulfill our potential. It is important, now, for us to reaffirm our commitment to living together in this kind of community. But we can’t limit our efforts to our campus. We must also renew our commitment to developing – and being – leaders who live out these values at work, at home, and in our nation’s civic and political life.