Statement of Apology
I apologize for my poor choice of words in a Faculty Council meeting last week, as reported in CU Connections. In no way should a shameful event in American history be equated with challenges facing the university. I recognize the deep pain the episode caused, and still causes, the Cherokee Nation and other Indigenous people.
I know that words matter, both in the harm they can cause our community and in the particular obligation I have as president of the university to choose my words wisely. I can and will do better. I’m committed to fostering an inclusive environment at CU, where everyone feels that they belong and that they are welcome.