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President's letter to students: 'We are with you'

The President's Office sent the following letter from President W. Joseph King to students on June 2:

Dear Students,

Lyon College is devoted to spiritual and ethical development in an inclusive residential community. We are committed to supporting students and producing graduates who will accept nothing less than a peaceable and just society. Our community will offer full-throated opposition and action when the circumstances require. 

I have to admit that I did not watch the video of George Floyd’s death for several days. The facts, as reported, were horrific enough. However, when I finally did watch, I was distraught to see an unarmed man suffocated on a city street in broad daylight. It is a tragedy, but it is much, much worse. It is proof of how little progress our country has made in dismantling structural racism that has existed for centuries. I cannot even imagine how terrifying it must be for a person of color to witness this sort of brutality and abject injustice. Nevertheless, I can promise that I will stand with every one of you to oppose it. 

I want you to know that we are all thinking about you and stand ready to support you in any way that you may need. Dean of Campus Life and Diversity Lai-Monté Hunter has organized our first virtual community conversation for our students to discuss recent events and express their thoughts and opinions. Please use this opportunity to continue the much-needed discussion about race relations and our next steps to move into a better tomorrow.

We are with you.