Message From the Dean: Moving Forward After Tuesday’s Election

Photo of Dean Paul TeskeTuesday’s election marked the end of a particularly bitter and divisive election season. We are a community dedicated to public service, and as such so many of us have been deeply engaged in the issues over the past months and are now profoundly affected by the results. Some of us are grieving and some of us are celebrating, and this diversity of opinion is expected and welcome in a School of Public Affairs. We know better than most that good people can differ on the best ways to achieve society’s goals.

As all of us continue to ponder the impact of the election, we do want to reach out and let all of our students know that you are valued and you are valuable. We stand behind you and we support you. We are absolutely committed to a public service workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, so that we can continue to earn the trust and respect of all people we serve. Our School’s diversity reaches across color, language, religion, age, life experiences, physical ability and political opinions (to name a few), and we celebrate all of you.

Now is the time for all of us to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion, inside and outside our classrooms and as both public service professionals and citizens. We all need to be respectful of the honestly held opinions and perspectives of others, while we also find ways to stand up against intolerance and exclusion. That is a difficult and often painful balance to strike, but we know you are up to the task. You are our future leaders, and we are proud of you.

Let us know what you need and we’ll be there for you.

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