A Message from Dr. Bogner
The past few days we have come to witness the frustration, anguish and despair unleashed by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Breonna Taylor in Louisville and too many others.
While we also watch our country reel from the effects of a pandemic that has laid bare hard truths in our society; the realities of inequity, injustice and systemic racism, we are called to reflect on how we respond as individuals, as a community and as an institution - and quite frankly, as Molloy College. Black lives matter, and we stand in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, alumni, and employees.
I have heard, also, your passionate calls for equity, justice and fairness for each member of the Molloy community. We have read your messages and comments. While none of us can change what has happened in the past, I can promise you that we are more committed than ever to listening with open hearts and minds, in order to create a College that lives up to every aspect of its mission. We will continue to educate individuals who exemplify the four pillars of our Dominican tradition in their families, workplaces and communities. We will reaffirm those principles in our own actions.
As members of the Molloy community, we recommit to the most fundamental principle of our Catholic faith, that we are all created in God's image and likeness and that each person is inherently good and worthy of respect. We confirm that we will greet each person we meet with the love, dignity, and compassion that Jesus exemplified in his time on earth. With that, please know that hate speech will not be tolerated.
I ask all of you to participate in a series of open forums that will be scheduled in the near future. During these sessions, we will explore how we can strengthen our College and ensure that every individual who is part of our community feels they are heard, especially our students, faculty and staff of color. It is important that we identify and modify any process or system that knowingly or unknowingly, excludes an individual or group.
We affirm our vow to hold true dialogue surrounding anti-racism and social justice. We must remember that Molloy College was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville as an agent of transformation, working tirelessly to change our society into one that is more just and compassionate. We are called in a special way to step into the breach, to advocate for change, to declare that the present for many is far from perfect and that justice for all must be the truth in everyone's existence. We know that each of us and all of us together can make a difference in this world.
Thank you for your honesty and your hope and belief that by speaking out, we can create a community that is just, fair and compassionate.
Our work will continue.
Drew Bogner, Ph.D.