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A Message from USF System President Judy Genshaft

Dear USF System community,

Like you, I am grappling to cope with the seemingly endless string of violence that has erupted around our country the past month. At times, it seems that the ties of progress and opportunity that have bound us together as Americans have been replaced by fear and grief.

In this state of unease, it becomes too easy to see our differences, and far, far too easy to be divided.

Let us embrace one another through those values we share: respect, freedom and intellectual curiosity.

I am proud that our institution has stood as an example of these values and as a forum for the free exchange of diverse perspectives. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

As a university, we can come together as a catalyst for change. Through our rejection of hate and close-mindedness, we can become part of the solution. We can show the rest of the world what it means to be good stewards of the values upon which this university was founded.

Violence is a choice. Hatred is a choice.

So is hope. So is love.

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