On May 29, 2020, President Gempesaw released a statement expressing solidarity with victims of injustice. In the communication he made clear we must rise above hatred and violence and work towards greater understanding and compassion for one another. Today, we the senior leaders of St. John’s University write to express our commitment to antiracism and share the steps we are taking to actualize President Gempesaw’s words.
Our Catholic and Vincentian Mission is not separate and apart from this critical work. As Pope Francis said earlier this week, “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” The heritage and Mission of St. John’s command that we condemn racism and work collaboratively to end the suffering it causes in our community, nation and world.