A statement on the events of 1/6/21.

Jan. 8, 2021

A statement on the events of Jan. 6, 2021

Dear Spartan Engineers,

After this week's events in Washington, D.C., the leadership of the College of Engineering wanted to reach out to our community to remind everyone about the culture and climate necessary in our College to ensure we accomplish our goal of engineering a healthier, safer, and more sustainable world.

Spartan Engineers always succeed when we work together.
Spartan Engineers always succeed when we work together.

As President Stanley said in his comments, “our primary duty is to the safety and well-being of our campus community, and more broadly, to provide an environment that is also welcoming, respectful and supportive”.  If yesterday’s events impacted you in any way, know that there are resources and support mechanisms in place both in the College and at the University to assist you.

While we do not live in a vacuum, our hope is that no matter what is happening anywhere in the world, that on our campus, in our community, we appreciate and learn from our differences and work together toward a singular focus: "to bring science and innovation into everyday life, solving challenges that impact humanity."

If ever there was a time for us to hold tight to the one thing that connects us all, the time is now.  No matter where you come from, no matter what you believe, no matter what you aspire to, we are all Spartan Engineers.  Spartan Engineers always succeed when we work together.

As always, we’re here to support you!  Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel, Nicole Shook, James Klausner, Stephen Bates, Amanda Idema, Neeraj Buch, Andrew Christlieb, Abdol Esfahanian, Brad Marks, Tom Voice, Laura Genik, Daina Briedis, John Papapolymerou, Don Morelli, Chris Contag, John Verboncoeur