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Statement from Dean Heather Lattimer | November 4, 2020

Dear Lurie College Students —

It has been a long night, a long election season, a long four years of division and divisiveness.  At this hour several states are still to be called and there is no clear outcome on the presidential election.
One thing is clear, however — there is much that needs to be done for us to become the just, equitable, and inclusive society that we deserve and our children demand. Regardless of who is ultimately declared the winner of this election, these past months have clearly and repeatedly demonstrated how broken we are as a nation.
You may feel discouraged or disillusioned by the electoral process or the election results. Identities and animosities have been inextricably linked with politics and elections can cause us to deeply question the values of our society and our place in it.  If you are experiencing doubt, frustration, anger, fear, or sadness, please know that you are not alone. The faculty, staff and administration in our college and across our university are here for you.  We value you, we care about you, and we believe in you.  If you need support or have concerns, please email us at [email protected] – we are here to help.
The academic and professional fields that you have chosen to pursue matter now more than ever.  As future educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders, you have the power to make change through your actions and advocacy.  Though the challenge is formidable, I have full confidence in the ability of our students to make a difference and lead us toward a better future.  Lurie College is here to support you every step of the way — Be courageous, be kind, be strong!

In solidarity — Heather

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