Our National Election May Be Over, But There is Still Much Work To Be Done

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To the University Community,

The 2020 election has been a significant moment in American history and one that will continue to provoke strong emotions and reactions from across the political spectrum. The run-up to the election sometimes led to painful and inappropriate dialogue from political candidates that have resulted in a general sense of uncertainty regarding the future.

As a nation, we must now focus on how we can come together through social, political and ideological differences in order to cultivate communities where all are welcomed, included, and are afforded the opportunity to excel. Regardless of who we voted for individually, collectively, we are one nation. Together, we must overcome the most pressing collective challenges facing us, including COVID-19 and systemic racism.

While acknowledging the divisive nature of our current social and political climate, it is equally important to emphasize the importance of unity in finding common ground to make a better nation for all of us.

At the University of Michigan, these very same principles of unity, equality and diversity are more important now than ever. We are an institution that welcomes strong opinions, but it will never be one that tolerates disrespect, incivility or intimidation.

Regardless of who is elected to political office, one thing remains unwavering – the University of Michigan’s commitment to achieving a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community. In order for us to reach our collective goals, we must work together, be innovative in our approach, be humble in our short-comings, and proud of our successes.

The long-term success of our University does not hinge on a single political figure during this moment in time, but relies on the best that is America and the greater world – our diversity.

Diversity is what makes us stronger, equity is what makes us more compassionate, and inclusion is what ensures the value in all of us.

While our national election may be over, there is still much work to be done. In that same breath, I am confident that the University of Michigan will serve as an example and a beacon of hope for the best in who we are, and who we choose to become.

Robert Sellers
Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer

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