BSU Values - Equality for All - Page 9 of 9

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery, President Obama averred, "We betray the efforts of the past if we fail to push back against bigotry in all its forms ... To rise above the cynicism and rise above the fear, to hold fast to our values, to see ourselves in each other, to cherish dignity and opportunity not just for our own children but for somebody else's child."

Mindful of President Obama's call, and in response to national and global statements of intolerance and bigotry and acts of violence, the Bridgewater State University community has come together to reaffirm its own values of diversity, inclusion and equality for all. Initiated by a group of caring and committed BSU faculty, the community crafted a statement recommitting ourselves to these values. The president and chairman of the Board of Trustees worked together to present the statement to the Board, and, at its meeting on December 14, 2015, the Board unanimously adopted as an official statement of the university the following:

"In response to growing and widespread incivility, bigotry, and hostility, we, the undersigned members of Bridgewater State University, reaffirm the values of our community as a welcoming, compassionate, and intellectually rigorous learning, working, and living environment. We reject all forms of bias, discrimination, xenophobia, and violence. We re-commit ourselves to actions that put into practice our individual and institutional values of diversity, inclusion, and equality for all."
  • Eugene J. Durgin Jr., Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • Frederick Clark, Jr., Esq., President
  • Jean MacCormack, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • Susan Szachowicz EdD, ’75, Secretary, Board of Trustees
  • Davede Alexander, Trustee
  • Margaret A. Caulfield, Esq., ’00, Trustee
  • Matthew Jepson, Student Trustee
  • F. Scott Longo, '89, Trustee
  • John Walsh, Trustee
  • Diana Fox, Professor, Anthropology
  • Wing-Kai To, Professor, History
  • Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Professor, Communication Studies
  • Norma Anderson, Assistant Professor, Sociology
  • Maria Hegbloom, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
  • Ward Heilman, Professor, Mathematics, Computer Science
  • Maggie Lowe, Professor, History
  • Carolyn Petrosino, Professor, Criminal Justice
  • Beatrice St. Laurent, Professor, Art
  • Karim Ismaili, Vice Provost
  • Deniz Zeynip Leuenberger, Chief of Staff to President
  • Sabrina Gentlewarrior, Vice President, Student Success and Diversity
  • Paul Jean, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
  • Brenda Molife, Vice President, University Advancement
  • Jason B. Pina, Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Barbara Feldman, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Raymond Lefebvre, Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Miguel Gomes, Jr., Vice President, Administration and Finance
  • Keri Powers, Vice President, Human Resources and Talent Management

The President, Board of Trustees and the inaugural signatories of the statement now invite members of the Bridgewater State community to join with us in affirming our values by signing the statement below.

Mary Comeau
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:43 PM
Staff Associate, International Affairs and Projects, College of Education and Allied Studies
Roopa Rawjee
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:32 PM
Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Fernanda Ferreira
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:32 PM
Professor and Chair, Foreign Languages
Madhavi Venkatesan
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:31 PM
Assistant Professor, Economics
Diane Dobson
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:31 PM
Office Manager, Grants & Sponsored Projects
Mary Ann McKinnon
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:31 PM
Associate Administrative Dean, College of Education and Allied Studies
Heather Richards-Gay
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:31 PM
Staff Assistant, Human Resources and Talent Management
Kate McLaren
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:30 PM
Director, Office of Institutional Research
Jenny Olin Shanahan
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:30 PM
Director of Undergraduate Research
Jo Hoffman
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:30 PM
Associate Dean, College of Education and Allied Studies
Art Goldstein
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:30 PM
Dean, Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics
Eric LePage
Thursday, December 17 2015 - 03:30 PM
Director of Teaching & Technology

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