Strengthening what unites us

Monday, November 14, 2016

Dear Members of the Appalachian Community,

Across our campus, in classrooms, on sidewalks, in the cafeteria and student union, members of our university community are processing a long and divisive election season, and considering how to move forward individually and as a nation.

One thing is clear: we must move from focusing on what divides us to strengthening what unites us.

As I talk with alumni, donors, employers, parents and families, I hear accolades about the problem-solving and engagement skills of Appalachian graduates. This is a testament to our faculty, staff and students. We have the skills, abilities and the will to craft solutions to difficult problems while bringing our different perspectives and ideologies to the table.

As members of an academic community, we know this is not easy work. Sometimes it feels uncomfortable. It challenges us to address complexities in our personal and professional relationships. And yet we must do this work. In doing so, we can model respectful dialogue, focus on coming together as a community, and most importantly, be kind to one another.

Please remember resources are available for students, faculty and staff who are navigating difficult personal and/or professional situations. You can find links to resources – from counseling resources for students, faculty and staff, to the Office of the Dean of Students, to the Ombuds Office – at

Thank you for your commitment to making a difference in the world, and for the work you do each day to continue to build a safe and welcoming campus community.


/s/ Sheri N. Everts

Sheri N. Everts