Dear Regis Community,

Like many of you, I watched yesterday’s disturbing attacks at the U.S. Capitol unfold with disgust, sadness, and anger. It represents a dark and embarrassing time in our country’s history.

As I continue to reflect on and process what we witnessed, I’ve become more distressed thinking about the impact this will have on the country and what this means for our community. Attempts to undermine our nation’s democratic processes through violence and intimidation is a desecration of the fundamental values so many people come to this country for, fight for, and sacrifice for each and every day.

We need to reconcile that while these actions were horrific, they unfortunately are not entirely surprising. We cannot dismiss that continued hateful rhetoric, imbalances of justice, and even armed protesters laying siege to government buildings in Michigan foreshadowed what took place. It is our moral and civic duty to push ourselves to learn from these horrible events and remain steadfast in building a better and more inclusive community at Regis College and beyond.

It is important to provide a safe environment for anyone who wishes to discuss their thoughts and emotions, and I’ve asked members of the senior leadership team to identify meaningful ways for us to do this as a community.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu reminds us that “hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” I encourage you to stay hopeful and remember the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, which calls us to be people of unity and reconciliation. Our legacy has proven time and time again that we can better change the world not through violence and vandalism, but through care and compassionate action.