On September 11, 2001, 2,996 people lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, PA. The tragedy changed the way our society operates on a daily basis. From the way we bank to how we get through airport security, the events of that day rocked our nation and the world. We are still navigating complicated questions in an attempt to balance security and privacy along with numerous competing values.
In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we pause to remember those who perished in the attacks. We also extend our gratitude to first responders—firefighters, police officers, paramedics—and all those whose service puts them at risk each day.
I ask that all faculty and staff continue the dialogue we started at Fall Convocation. How might we address the challenges students face around issues of diversity? How do we overcome a general discomfort in talking about diversity and race? Take some time this weekend to reflect on how COM can become a more inclusive campus. Share your ideas about how we can encourage engagement with each other, our students, and our community to challenge our biases and better understand one another.