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Provost's Message

July 17th, 2019

2019 Message From Provost Jersky

Provost Brian Jersky

Dear Campus Community,

These past few weeks we have experienced turbulent times; from several earthquakes that jolted us, to the continuing border devastation which has our country facing difficult questions. Sometimes we need these wake-up calls to remind us what is important. The one issue that I have a particularly hard time dealing with is what is happening on the border.

This growing crisis continues to expand with haunting images of children suffering or families being separated. More reports have surfaced detailing the deplorable conditions people are being forced to live in, with the youngest innocent victims being the ones seeming to suffer the most.  

A couple of weeks ago President Conoley wrote regarding the lifelong negative effects on children who have been separated from their families. Her perspective, which comes from social science expertise, clearly stated the damaging effects these children are facing. She spelled out the need for a paradigm shift of thought for us all to remember the importance of being globally aware and inclusive, not just nationally focused.

I want to echo this sentiment. Being an immigrant myself from South Africa, I saw firsthand the negative outcome of dividing people in that country. The ‘insider’ vs ‘outsider’ mentality my fellow compatriots and I experienced left devastating consequences. The end result of this thinking was an erosion of our shared humanity. I see the same division today.

We are better together when working towards common goals and purposes. All of us benefit from simple acts of human kindness shown to others. When we do this, we remember our common humanity when it comes to people in need at the border, especially innocent children. When they experience kindness, we all gain. Conversely, all of us are tainted when anyone is treated with cruelty. The worst part is that people are being allowed to be maltreated in our name.

Do you ever wonder what you would do if our economy fell apart, and violence, crime, and starvation threatened us? Would you flee for a better life since the one you were currently living in could have deadly consequences for your family? Would you too risk an unknown future in the hope of a better life? I believe I would. I would also hope to be treated with compassion and understanding.

We certainly need a sensible immigration policy, but we cannot deny people humanitarian assistance, especially children. Children are innocent of the choices their parents made in desperation.

That being said, what can we do? I understand the situation seems dire and hopeless, but we must be vigilant to stay compassionate and to take action whenever we can. What we do have is the power of our collective voice. We can call our federal representatives to share our anguish and concerns about the current situation. President Conoley added a website with organizations through which you can donate to children. Here is another website with additional information if you want to help.

I alone do not have the answers to this crisis, but I do believe we have the shared power to make our voices be heard.

Please join me.

Brian Jersky
Provost and Senior Vice President


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