University of Delaware


November 10, 2016

Dear Blue Hen Community:

Over the course of the last 48 hours, the conclusion of the election has precipitated a range of emotions. This is the nature of a diverse community such as ours, and one that echoes the sentiments of the larger American society. In the coming weeks and months, we will begin to absorb the impact of this election.

Diversity of opinions and beliefs is paramount to any inclusive community and we strive to give voice to those myriad viewpoints in a respectful manner, while also emphasizing our stance on diversity and inclusion. Irrespective of your background, we believe that diversity, including diverse perspectives, strengthen us as a whole. We want to reassure our community members that we value each and every one of you.

As Blue Hens, now is another opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to building a nurturing, inclusive, and diverse community. Our responsibility to the educational mission of the University implores us to engage in and support discovery and intellectual curiosity, and to view this process through a diverse lens. We are committed to fostering an environment that respects one another and doesn’t use difference as a way to divide us from reaching our collective goal: an inclusive campus climate.

If you’re not already doing so, we encourage all members of our community to engage in sincere, empathetic and diplomatic dialogue. While these conversations may be difficult, as Blue Hens, we have a responsibility to uphold the principles of civility, respect and support for all members of our community. We hope that we can move forward together, continue to listen, share and learn.

The University offers a variety of resources, should you need them:


Carol E. Henderson
Vice Provost for Diversity

Susan L. Groff
Director, Office of Equity & Inclusion/ University Title IX Coordinator