08/14/2017 As a nation, we are still trying to understand to the grim realities of the tragedy that unfolded in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. I hope you will all read the deeply personal statement President Ana Mari Cauce sent to the University community earlier this morning. I, too, feel a deep sense of pain at what transpired. And I hope, like her, that the time has finally come to begin the process of knitting together the deep divisions in our society. I have said it before, and it bears repeating now: The politics of division and exclusion do not belong in America. Groups like those white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville spew a philosophy that is counter to everything we stand for as an institution of higher learning—and counter to what we stand for as a country. Let us hope that there will be a steady march toward justice, equity, and inclusion. This is the work we do on this campus and at thousands of campuses across the country, each and every day. I am deeply hopeful of our eventual success.