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Dear TC family,
The results of last week’s presidential election will have far-reaching and unknown consequences on the world for years to come. We must learn as much as possible about our surroundings and use that information to advance the causes we feel are just and imperative.
As we move out into the world and begin to forge relationships with people outside of our circles, we will inevitably cross paths with those intolerant or unaware of issues that are near and dear to the hearts of the Teachers College family. We at Student Senate will not alter our fundamental principles or relinquish any parts of our values to accommodate those of prejudice and inequality. We echo the values that President Fuhrman and Provost James outlined in their post-election statement, specifically that we will do everything in our power as students and citizens to protect LGBTQ, undocumented, minority, Muslim, and all other underrepresented members of our worldwide community. We hope that we speak for all students when we say that we have, and will continue to have, zero tolerance for deliberate injustice of any kind, whether social, educational, or otherwise.
It is, however, our expectation that we grant our students and fellow humans the chance to expand their capacities for empathy, and that we actively participate in bringing about this change. It is not enough to sit back and hope that love and justice will spread by osmosis. We must create the gradient over which progress travels and, in a test of our own empathy, remain convinced that progress is indeed possible. Furthermore, we must remember that each of us will have not only a different way to cope with or handle recent events, but also a different timeline over which coping and management will take place. Let us respect those differences and extend a helping hand not just when we find it convenient, but every time we see a colleague, friend, family member, or acquaintance in need.
Columbia has a number of support systems in place to help us do this. Among those resources are counseling and psychological services, the TC meditation room, and of course, your fellow students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the Student Senate, with the full support of the Office of the President of Teachers College, has decided to postpone our annual Senior Staff & Student Senate dinner in order to support students in the National Campus Walk-out, a public demonstration taking place tomorrow at 3:00 PM EST. As always, please talk to us at the Student Senate if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do for you or yours.
We will navigate this together, standing true to our hearts, with the certainty that we can and will be agents of change.
Zachary Saffa, Communications Officer
Teachers College Student Senate
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