In an email Monday morning, President Rebecca Chopp called for a campus-wide gathering to reflect on the theme “United in Safety and Justice.” Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff are asked to wear a white shirt or t-shirt in a demonstration of solidarity. The community event is in response to recent incidents of hate speech.
“A threat made against any of us is a threat against all of us, and it will take all of us coming together to address these issues,” wrote Chopp. “I have confidence in our collective ability to provide the support necessary for each other when faced with these difficult circumstances, and to ensure our environment is safe and supportive for everyone.”
The gathering will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1st) from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Parrish lawn. Students, faculty, and staff will speak.
Chopp encouraged the entire community to attend the event.
“This event is planned with the hope and expectation that you will be able to adjust your schedules accordingly so you can attend. In order to maximize attendance, while also being mindful of everyone’s schedules, we will keep the event to 30 minutes. Supervisors, please allow release time for any staff members for whom such an accommodation may be needed.”
Those who cannot attend but have suggestions about how to “continue to cultivate and strengthen [Swarthmore's] culture of inclusivity” are asked to contact Dean Braun, President Chopp, or Director of Public Safety Michael Hill.