This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Nov. 9:
Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,
What we have experienced in the last several months has been one of the most divisive periods in recent American history. It has brought out some of the least admirable traits of leaders and citizens alike.
But today we have as much of a decision as we had yesterday. Whether you were greeted with joy or despair this morning, we have a choice in how we treat one another. We are a community that profoundly values intellectual discourse and diverse viewpoints. Even more important, we are people who profoundly value one another.
Today and in the weeks and months ahead, we must live up to our ideals as a community. We are a community in which everyone needs to feel safe and welcome. Our words and behavior affect those around us. We can use them to encourage and lift up others, or we can use them to harm and tear down. Our Wake Forest community is built on the foundation of mutual respect, kindness and honor. Essential to further building that foundation is mutual exchanges: curiosity, weighing ideas, talking out opinions, and listening to a variety of perspectives are all a vital part of education. So we will all join in asking questions and having conversations, and as we do so, we carry the spirit of Pro Humanitate in our hearts.