Today we expect our students to continue respectful dialogue at multiple gatherings and marches to address the important issues of racism and equity that have been the theme of meetings across our campus in the past week. Campuses have historically been an important place for individuals with different experiences, opinions and values to come together and be heard and achieve change. As president of OU, I want to make it clear that I consider student, faculty and staff voices essential to debates on important issues. The opportunity for real change comes when the voices are raised in a civil and respectful manner, listening occurs, and the energy is focused on improving systems now and for future generations. There are number of actions currently being vetted with key stakeholders which I hope to share soon. In the past week I have had intense discussions with students, input from faculty and staff, and feedback from both inside and outside our university community. You have my assurance I am committed to creating a culture on campus where everyone feels safe and welcome as they continue the pursuit of learning and civil dialogue.
- James L. Gallogly