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Message from the President and the Leadership of Coastal Carolina University

The values that unite CCU

Aug. 14, 2017


President David A. DeCenzo and the leadership at CCU take a moment to reflect on the unique qualities that unite CCU.

The terrible events that occurred in Charlottesville this past weekend are profoundly disturbing. We at Coastal Carolina University express our sympathy for this grieving community and the lives that were lost. In solidarity with other university communities around the nation, Coastal Carolina University condemns these reprehensible acts of terrorism, violence and bigotry committed at the instigation of white supremacists and related racist organizations.

As we welcome our students this week for the beginning of a new semester, it is fitting to take a moment to reflect on our core institutional values of truth, respect, integrity and excellence. These values stand in direct opposition to the evil beliefs of those who are intent on spreading hatred, fear and division.

Our primary goal, as set forth in our mission statement, is to develop students who are both knowledgeable in their chosen fields and prepared to be productive, responsible, healthy citizens with a global perspective. Recognizing that this cannot be achieved without a universitywide commitment to diversity and inclusion, we have made these a priority in our strategic plan.

One of its objectives is to engage the campus and community in dialogue about the broader context of identity development, access, equity, social justice and inclusion. We must create a barrier-free environment that embraces our whole community, regardless of ethnicity, viewpoint or orientation.

As we begin an exciting new year as members of Teal Nation, let’s focus our energy and our hearts on helping our students succeed in the classroom and in life. Let us all — faculty, students and staff — remember who we are and what is at stake in the vital work we are doing on this campus and beyond. Together, we can fulfill the great potential of Coastal Carolina University and impact the world.

Sincerely,

Office of the President
Coastal Carolina University