Colleges and universities across the nation are not immune to sexual violence and harassment on their campuses, and Centre College faces a similar challenge.

In reviewing the results of the 2018 Centre Speaks Survey, we learned very clearly that better choices need to be made about how we treat one another in order to reduce the harm that occurs here and nationwide. However, this requires undoing generational attitudes about acceptable behavior and then relearning how we all treat one another with care, dignity, and respect. These should be important values for all members of our campus community and our nation, as well as the expected characteristics of global citizens called to leadership.

We are serious and intent on being an exception to the rule and are devoting considerable attention to creating a culture of caring at Centre College, where all members of our campus community are safe and feel protected. But make no mistake. This type of change will not happen overnight, because it requires making serious adjustments to prevailing cultural views and values. It also requires all of us working together.

As we seek solutions to the challenges we face here at Centre College, we are doing so with eyes wide open, trying to be aware of the unique challenges presented here on our campus. We are also pursuing our efforts from a multi-pronged approach.

Together we can make a difference for good, and it is my hope that the cultural shift we are working to achieve is carried on by our students once they become graduates and go on to their own lives of meaningful work and service. In the meantime, please join us in a commitment to create a culture of caring at Centre College. We should expect nothing less than the best from ourselves and others.