Dear campus community,

At the beginning of this semester, I encouraged Tigers to embrace the many backgrounds and perspectives found on our vibrant campus. As an institution, we must foster mutual respect and create an environment for the exchange of ideas central to an academic community.

Over the past week, I have heard from members of our community regarding campus culture and safety. I would like to reiterate that I strongly condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. The safety of our community is of paramount importance.

I stand with Faculty Council’s call in their forthcoming statement to denounce acts of intolerance on campus. I applaud our faculty, students and staff who are reaching out to others, and I hope each of you will join our faculty and staff councils on Nov. 14 to celebrate World Kindness Day.

For those who have experienced discrimination or harassment, please reach out to our Office of Institutional Equity either by phone (573-882-3880) or submit an online report. In addition, staff at our centrally located Counseling Center (573-882-6601) are available.

Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.
President, University of Missouri