July 6, 2016
Dear LSU Community,
As LSU’s president, my top priority is always the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. I know that recent events – one as far away as Orlando, the other right here in Baton Rouge – have left many in our LSU community feeling unsafe and concerned. I am here to tell you that at LSU, you are a member of a family. We are committed to an inclusive, diverse and welcoming campus, and we are here for you.
The shooting of Alton Sterling has placed Baton Rouge among one of many cities across the country grappling with questions of social equality and justice. As additional information comes out about this tragic event, LSU will reach out through the Office of Diversity with opportunities to facilitate campus-wide discussion, participation, and feedback. We also encourage you to take advantage of university resources, including LSU’s Division of Student Life, the African American Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the Student Health Center.
As the state’s Flagship University, part of our responsibility is to educate the next generation of leaders and thinkers. As I’ve said before, LSU is a vibrant and thriving network of creative scholars, scientists, activists, and critical thinkers. We are a community that is committed to solving the world’s problems through the sharing of ideas and the creation of solutions. Honest and open dialogue is sometimes challenging, but is necessary for us to take crucial steps toward healing.