Dear Mansfield University Community,
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new students and to those returning to Mansfield University to begin a new academic year. It is my hope that this is a productive and engaging time for everyone.
In light of the recent events that occurred at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, I want to take a moment and remind everyone of the Mansfield Creed that was adopted in 1912. One of our core beliefs as a university community is that “We believe in celebrating humanity. We enrich ourselves and others by sharing and exploring our similarities and our differences."
Collectively, the President’s Cabinet extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in Charlottesville, and we wish those who were injured a speedy recovery. We agree with the American Association of University Professors’ statement: “To remain silent in the face of hatred is to be complicit in that hatred . . . . We stand with students, educators, their families, and communities across the country working for equitable and welcoming environments where it is safe to exist, learn, and peacefully disagree and debate.”
We are committed to your success and to your safety. We look forward to our dialogue in the weeks ahead about ways we can all work together to resist hatred and foster mutual respect throughout our community and beyond. This is our MU and we bring people together from all over the world. We welcome you because without each and every one of you, this would not be the same Mansfield University.
As we prepare for the new academic year, I want to remind everyone that we believe in helping others. As our creed states, “We work with others to improve the communities in which we now live and will touch in the future. Knowledge invests us with the power to improve our world and the responsibility to act." I ask that we each remember these wise words written in 1912.
Scott W.H. Barton