on maintaining campus community
On the eve of potential war, the world is expectant with possibilities, many frightening, and some promising. Whatever occurs on the battlefield, the San Francisco State community must prepare for peace at home. SFSU must be a place that is safe for all of our students and employees no matter their background and no matter their personal or political views. I am writing to ask Chairs and Directors for your help in this preparation and to encourage you to share this with your faculty and staff.
Our campus community has been through difficult times before. Difficult times in the world produce uncomfortable times everywhere, including at SFSU. Yet, with only a few exceptions to the rule, SFSU has consistently been a safe haven to diverse and even disagreeing parties. SFSU has demonstrated that it can and must remain safe and open, especially during times of great national emergencies.
To that end, many within our community are committed to keeping the campus open, safe and democratic. To assist in maintaining the quality of campus life, I would offer the following suggestions to supervisors and faculty:
In sum, be prepared with as many resources and options as possible and remain flexible so that you can adapt to meet the real needs of the moment. These brief suggestions are intended to stimulate thought and to provide some core resources. If you would like to share other ideas or resources, send them to me and I will post them on the Office of Human Relations Web site.
Most importantly, I would emphasize that we are not slaves to our circumstances. We can choose to maintain a healthy community no matter what transpires. SFSU has always been a leader in maintaining a campus that is open to freedom of expression and diversity of ideas. As times become more difficult, greater leadership will be demanded from all of us. We are more than equal to the task.
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