August 15, 2017
As the proud father of a 32-year-old daughter that currently studies and works at the University of Virginia, I am deeply troubled by the violence, hate, and racism that were on full display in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend, and the continued impact it is having on my daughter today and likely in the coming weeks. As a concerned parent, these events gave me reason to reflect on words of guidance that I could give to both my daughter and the NSU community.
The loss of three innocent lives in Charlottesville is tragic. It is also indicative of the sad truth that racism is alive and well in America. There is no place in the NSU community or our nation for the violence and intentional acts of intimidation that were forced upon the University of Virginia and Charlottesville by white supremacists and neo-fascists. As a veteran, I have served alongside patriots on the front lines of freedom – and can say that those who seek to drive division in our country while proudly marching under banners that symbolize hate and human oppression are far from patriots.
Now, more than ever, we must be vigilant. The University is committed to the safety of the NSU community and will take all necessary actions to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are able to study, work, and play in an environment that is secure and free from violence, intimidation, and harassment. NSU has always been, and will continue to be, an open community supporting the freedom of expression and welcoming all without regard to race, gender, or sexual orientation. Being an open community does not mean, however, that we are a community without acceptable standards of conduct. Violence, intimidation, and harassment will never be acceptable in our community.
We must also be engaged. Racism is a learned character flaw that can only be combated through education. As such, I encourage all members of our community to speak out against racism whenever it presents itself. NSU has been a leader in diversity and inclusion in higher education for more than 80 years. We welcome the opportunity to partner with other institutions of higher education in Virginia and beyond to share best practices and develop meaningful strategies to enhance racial unity on our campuses.
Eddie N. Moore, Jr.
President and CEO