I share with many the belief that our institution and our nation do not always live up to our highest ideals, including the equal rights we hold dear. To me, the American Flag represents many things, including those very rights.
Today, one of our students began kneeling in front of the flag on our Diag to demonstrate for justice and equal rights. I support his right to engage in peaceful protest. I have spoken to the student, and we plan to meet as soon as I am back on campus. I want to work together with all our campus community to make U-M a more welcoming and inclusive place.
I hope that despite the differences that exist here and in our nation, we can unite in the name of equality and justice for all.