Davis & Elkins College President Chris Wood prepared a statement earlier this week to initially deliver to our students, faculty and staff on Friday in our weekly update. Concerned alumni and friends have encouraged that this statement be shared now as the protests for justice continue. We are pleased to share it with our collective community by using multiple mediums. Please find the statement below:
To the Davis & Elkins Community:
The horrific death of George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis Police Officer sworn to protect and serve is yet another instance of an all-too-familiar story of racial violence and injustice. Caucasians are not subjected to the discrimination and fear that is reality for our African-American students and all people of color, however, the grief, sorrow, and anger that is the result of moral injustice should be shared by all.
Like our nation, the ideals espoused by our College are just and moral. Yet, like our nation, our College has not always lived up to the ideals we espouse. Those ideals which are proclaimed in the vision and values statements of Davis & Elkins College, and reinforced by our affiliation with the Presbyterian Church USA, make plain we condemn racist, bigoted, or violent speech or conduct of any kind, and strive to be a campus community that is free of discrimination. As an educational institution, we must increase our commitment to the exploration by our students of the complexities of systematic racism and our moral obligation as citizens to work collaboratively to right the wrongs within society.
Above all, the Davis & Elkins College community must affirm the dignity of all God’s children whose human and civil rights are bestowed by our Creator.
Chris A. Wood
Davis & Elkins College