August 14, 2017
Dear University of Oregon Community,
Over this past weekend we witnessed a tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacists and neo-Nazis, many of whom were armed and dressed in military uniforms, marched on the University of Virginia’s campus and took to the streets to spew venomous hatred. When they were confronted by counter-protesters, violence ensued. Dozens of people were injured and one young woman and two police officers were killed.
On behalf of the leadership of the University of Oregon, I unequivocally condemn the hatred, ignorance, and violence expressed by these white supremacist and white nationalist groups. Our university community rejects any ideologies or groups that embrace racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or anti-Semitic views.
Under the guise of patriotism, too many people in our nation are betraying our common understanding that we are all “created equal.” I am appalled by the voices of hate who feel empowered in our nation. All of us must stand against this scourge of ignorance and intolerance. The tragedy in Charlottesville is a reminder of the critical importance of the work we are currently undertaking at the UO to build a truly inclusive community of academic excellence.
When students and faculty members return to campus in late September, we will continue, with renewed vigor and commitment, our efforts to make this university more respectful, more inclusive, and more welcoming to people of all races and ethnicities; all nationalities and religions; all sexual orientations and gender identities; and all abilities. I hope you will join with me in this important work.
Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law