Our nation currently is grappling with challenging topics around race, diversity and inclusion. We also are engaging in these difficult conversations at the University of Kansas. As Jayhawks, we are united in saying that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated here.
As a university and a public institution, we must support the right of the members of our KU community to express their individually held beliefs. Free speech and free expression are core tenets of why universities are the center of debate, thought and discourse in our world.
I encourage each of you to engage respectfully with your fellow students, faculty and staff. These conversations often are uncomfortable, but they are important to our university and our society.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Lawrence Campus
Doug Girod, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center