Dear Panther Family,
One of the most amazing aspects of the United States of America is the peaceful transition of power that occurs following presidential elections. While the months leading up to an election can be filled with severe disagreement, once the votes are cast and counted, we must come back together as a country and move forward.
As Donald Trump said in his speech last night: “To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It's time.” In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton stated that, “Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election.”
When the stakes are so high, it is sometimes a challenge to engage in the deep and respectful listening and conversation that can heal our divisions. Indeed we have heard from members of our campus on both sides of the political spectrum that they have been accosted in ways that do not reflect a true Panther spirit.
As a result we would like to invite students, staff, and faculty to listening and sharing sessions, which will be hosted by individuals from the UNI Counseling Center, Campus Ministries, Center for Multicultural Education, Veterans Center, and the UNI administration.
- Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall, 2nd floor
- Thursday, November 10, 4:00 to 6:00 pm in Maucker Union, Presidential Room
- Friday, November 11, 1:00 to 3:00 pm in Maucker Union, Presidential Room
These are drop-in sessions for anyone who would like to process the outcome of the election, provide or offer support, and listen and discuss how we can move forward as one community and one nation--as one Panther family.
As an institution of higher education, we must model for others the recognition that our greatest strength is in engaging and celebrating our differences. I look forward to the outcome of these sessions.
Awe & Wonder,
Jim Wohlpart, PhD
Professor of English