Last night at about 10 p.m., the Campus Safety Department was alerted to anonymous posters, some of which could be read as antisemitic, taped on exterior doors and interior bulletin boards in buildings on the residential and academic quadrangles. These were removed, as Colgate policy strictly prohibits posters without a sponsoring organization.
I write to update the Colgate community on steps the University is taking, and has already taken, as we continue our work to enroll talented students from a wide pool of diverse applicants in an admission landscape clearly altered by the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to prohibit race-based affirmative action in student admissions.
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion in connection with two cases that challenged the permissibility of race-conscious admissions practices at both public and private universities and colleges.
It’s important to note, at the start of this letter, that the initiatives under the Third-Century Plan are quite wide-ranging; touching, as they do, every corner of Colgate’s enterprise. Several of these initiatives, such as the build out of the Middle Campus, will take years to complete.
I am honored to announce that at their meeting on January 28, 2023, the Board of Trustees formally and enthusiastically approved that the following faculty members be granted continuous tenure and be promoted to the rank of associate professor, effective July 1, 2023
On Monday, Colgate will be closed in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. On Jan. 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, outlawing the enslavement of human beings descended from Africa. It took more than two years for news to reach the last of those enslaved in Texas on June 19, 1865. As we approach this holiday, I ask that you take the time to reflect on our nation’s history — and its promise.