20, No. 6, Sept. 21, 2000
From the desk of the Chancellor
To the Campus
We are fortunate
that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a diverse community
and each one of us benefits from the rich variety of perspectives, cultures
and ideas represented here.
A university is a very special place, even in a free society like ours.
It is a special place, in part, because we work at making others feel
welcome here. We enjoy a free market of ideas because we protect each
persons right to free expression. Lively debate among members
of the campus community demonstrates that this is a place where differences
are not obstacles to be overcome, but opportunities to create a better,
more welcoming environment for everyone.
It is up to each of us to act vigorously to support our diversity, our
freedom of expression and the civility that makes both possible. If
individuals come under attack for their race, creed, color, cultural
heritage or sexual orientation, we must speak up for their right to
share in our community. Should hate speech or violent acts occur, we
must report immediately any violations of the law or disciplinary code
to the proper authorities.
We celebrate the diversity of cultures, traditions and viewpoints present
in this remarkable community. I hope that you will join me in expressing
a genuine welcome to all its members and in making sure that all voices
are heard as we engage with each other in the pursuit of knowledge.
I wish each of you a happy, productive year.