Office of the President

Statements from President Kennedy

Statement of Apology

In no way should a shameful event in American history be equated with challenges facing the university.

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.

Additional Statements

 

Message About the Mass Shooting in Boulder

Our university is a community, not just on our campuses or in the four cities they call home, but as part of a larger whole – our state, our nation, our world. And in times like this, we must rely on our community to pull together and provide the support that will help each of us grieve and support one another.
 

Statement on Boulder Unrest

The violence, vandalism and acts of aggression we saw yesterday are unacceptable.
 

Statement Regarding Gov. Polis Prioritizing Vaccines for Student-facing Faculty and Stafftization

Returning to a more in-person experience will benefit our students, faculty and staff and reduce the social isolation so many have experienced over the past year. We applaud Gov. Polis for making this a priority.