I, like many of you, was shocked, upset, and deeply saddened as I watched rioters and insurrectionists storm into the U.S. Capitol yesterday while Congress gathered to certify the Electoral College votes from our national election. This violent attack on our nation is appalling, shameful, and marks a dark day for our country. These actions have no place in our society as they threaten the fabric of our democracy, disregard our laws, and thwart the will of the American people. All voting Americans deserve the opportunity to have their selections count through a safe election process free from fear and violence.
The Kent School of Social Work condemns these destructive and horrific acts. Our American ideals and values are better than what we witnessed yesterday. We do not all hold the same political beliefs; however, it is imperative for the safety of our country that we are non-violent and learn to respect one another. Moving forward, we are in full support of the peaceful transition of power within our government. Now more than ever we affirm our commitment to continue to educate and empower our students and communities to fight social injustice, give a voice to the oppressed and marginalized, and to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
During this difficult time you may find it helpful to talk with someone about how this violent unrest has impacted you. The University of Louisville is a Community of Care and has counseling services available for students, faculty, and staff. The University offers confidential counseling services through the U of L Counseling Center for students and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for faculty and staff. Please reach out if needed.
Dean David Jenkins, PhD, MSW
Kent School of Social Work