LIVONIA, MICH. – Madonna University President Michael A. Grandillo sent the following message to faculty, staff, and students today:
In light of the recent violent events across our nation, I am reminded of our mission and values, which make us distinctive, and I invite you to share this message with others. The Madonna University community stands united against racism, sexism, and expressions of hate that divide our society. We extend our condolences to and we mourn with the Atlanta, Asian-American and Pacific Islander, and Boulder, Colorado communities that were tragically impacted by the recent heinous killings. These horrific acts are a direct attack on our Franciscan values of reverence for creation and respect for the dignity of all people. We deplore the racism and sexism that afflicts our communities, threatens our neighbors, and vilifies everyone we hold dear.
We lift our hearts and our prayers for all those who have lost loved ones to hateful acts of violence, for the many who live in fear, and for anyone whose dignity is threatened by xenophobia and chauvinism. Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion are central to Madonna’s mission and to the success of our students.
Acts of hate, racism, and sexism, have an impact on the well-being of members of our Madonna family. If you are grieving, or feeling anxious, afraid, or just need to talk, please reach out for support from such campus offices as the Counseling and Disability Resources Center (CDRC), Campus Ministry, or the Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue. If you need to report a hate crime, or violent physical or verbal attack, please contact Campus Safety at 734-432-5442. Students and employees also can avail themselves of the support services of Ulliance. Counselors at Ulliance are available 24/7 to assist you with a variety of issues, including grief support and managing stress.
As Crusaders for peace and justice, we will continue to use our voice and our energy to eliminate systemic and institutional racism, in order to foster a campus community that reflects the values and behaviors of the world we want to live in, where all God’s children are one. Please stay safe and continue to live out the values of our founders the Felician Sisters and of St. Francis of Assisi.