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The events that have unfolded this week at the University of Missouri and around the nation have shed light on the need for greater inclusion and diversity at our colleges and universities. These struggles require all of us to look at our universities and ourselves with a new lens, examining past practices and renewing our continued commitment to equality and inclusion for everyone.
Conversations taking place at The University of Alabama are similar to those occurring on other campuses. I have been meeting with students, faculty and staff to listen and have open dialog as we address short-term challenges, and as we work together to develop a long-term plan that moves this university forward in a thoughtful, strategic way.
I am pleased with the steps we have already taken to make this a more inclusive and welcoming campus, but more action will be necessary in the coming weeks and months. This will require each of us to treat one another with dignity and respect regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or any other characteristic that might divide us. I am committed to that, and I know you are, too.
I am proud to be back at The University of Alabama, and I appreciate all you do every day to make this such a great University.
Stuart R. Bell