Message from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president: Responding to the weekend’s events in Charlottesville
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, sent the following message to Loyola community on August 15, 2017:
Dear Members of the Loyola Community:
As we work together to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity within our campus community, we cannot fail to witness this weekend’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., with concern. As members of a university community with its values firmly rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, we are called to speak out against bigotry, prejudice, and hatred.
We must be aware of how real and destructive racism can be and how profoundly it affects each of us, but particularly those members of our community who are persons of color. We must also embrace our brothers and sisters who feel they are being threatened or persecuted for their religious beliefs. Each of you is a valued and supported member of our community.
As you may know, Loyola has contracted with Baltimore Racial Justice Action to provide training on questions of racial justice for all members of the community. With the implementation of that racial justice training on campus this fall, we will each have a meaningful chance to consider the responsibility we bear in creating a more welcoming, inclusive, just community.
I invite you to join the Cabinet and me in prayer for all those touched by the events in Charlottesville, especially those within our community who watch these events with anxiety and fear. Let us all keep in mind that peace will only be achieved with justice, and that each of us has a role in speaking up for justice in our community and in our world.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.