From the President and Provost

| November 5, 2014

The following message was distributed to Webster faculty, staff and students on Nov. 5.

To the Webster University Community,

Recently, we have all been inundated with media conversations and images of racial tensions in the St. Louis area. In these challenging times for St. Louis and the nation, we want you to know that Webster University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has never been stronger – or more important – than it is today. It is by joining together to identify peaceful means of expression that we will find new ways to communicate and gain an enhanced understanding of other perspectives and points-of-view.

As the nation awaits the pending grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case, the region is preparing for continued unrest. We want to assure you that the safety of our faculty, staff and students is always our top priority. Even though we enjoy a very safe community here in Webster Groves, each of us must be vigilant in monitoring our own environment and planning for the unexpected.

Webster University is doing just that. We have been in discussions with regional agencies, including the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Office of the St. Louis County Executive, other colleges and universities in the region, the City of Webster Groves Police Department and the Webster Groves Public School District. In addition, our Department of Public Safety is in partnership with the St. Louis County Emergency Operations Unit, which monitors safety developments of all kinds that could impact our campuses.

Webster University faculty, staff and students should feel safe to thoughtfully express their opinions during these troubling times. If you choose to do so, we ask that you please be mindful of Webster University’s commitment to treating others with dignity and respect. Webster University has always encouraged peaceful means of expression, inquiry, dissent and dialogue within the framework of an ordered academic environment and we continue to do so.

The St. Louis region is strong and resilient. Together, we will grow from these experiences and will play our role in leading the nation and the world to a greater level of understanding.

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, PhD
President

Julian Z. Schuster, PhD
Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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