New presidents at Ithaca College and Cornell speak out on Charlottesville

Cornell University and Ithaca College’s presidents, who both started this year, have spoken out on this weekend’s incidents in Charlottesville.

Dr. Shirley Collado is Ithaca College’s ninth president. Photo by Adam Baker courtesy of Ithaca College.

“The series of events that unfolded over the last two days on the University of Virginia campus and in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia have stirred in many of us a mix of shock, grief, anger, and resolve,” said Ithaca College president Shirley M. Collado. “On behalf of Ithaca College’s leadership team of deans and vice presidents, I write to express our condemnation of the violent hatred, racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and bigotry that we witnessed, to send our support to the UVA and Charlottesville communities, and to ask for your commitment to our shared humanity and ideals as a community of higher education.”

Cornell’s 14th President, Martha E. Pollack. Photo courtesy of Cornell University.

“Like so many of you, I followed the news from Charlottesville, Virginia, over the past 36 hours with shock, horror, anger and revulsion,” said Cornell University president Martha E. Pollack. “The white supremacists’ support for racism, anti-Semitism and raw hatred is vile and antithetical to what this nation and Cornell stand for. Cornell was founded as a university for “any person,” and we remain resolute in our commitment to addressing bigotry whenever it arises on our campuses or within our communities.”

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