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Response to Recent Events – A Letter from President Maniaci

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Dear AIC Campus Community,

I am writing to you today with great sadness at the events of the past several days. Our AIC community wholeheartedly condemns the injustice and racism that pervades this country. As a college dedicated to a vision of access, opportunity, and diversity, we are deeply concerned by what we know many of our students, faculty, and staff of color must be feeling in this moment.

As Martin Luther King, Jr., noted: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” To that end, it is important for us to stand in solidarity with those who disproportionately feel the weight of social injustice, and to affirm AIC’s commitment to providing a safe, accessible, and inclusive environment for all members of our community.

We have heard from many of you, and we are honored that you’ve chosen to turn to us to share your stories, your fears, and your sadness. We’ve also heard the desire that some of you have expressed to be able to sit with your peers, with faculty, with your mentors and friends on campus to process your feelings and to attempt to make sense of the devastation around us right now.

We feel the same.

Our community is built upon the hopes and dreams of our students, faculty, and staff. When we come to campus, we are committing to sharing lived experiences, joining with other people who look or think like us, but also with those who do not. AIC’s community is built to offer opportunities to come together to learn about ourselves and about one another, where thoughtful dialogue can provide an important counterbalance to a more monolithic or homogenous narrative. The beauty of these experiences is that they provide all students on our campus the opportunity to learn from and grow with one another.

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I hope to continue to hear from you. Please take care of yourselves.

Sincerely,

Vince Maniaci
President


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