President Tony Frank
“Whenever we love justice and stand on the side of justice we refuse simplistic binaries. We refuse to allow either/or thinking to cloud our judgment. We embrace the logic of both/and. We acknowledge the limits of what we know.” – bell hooks, “Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope.”
We created the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Colorado State University with full acknowledgement that we have, unfortunately, a great deal yet to learn about the challenges and obstacles to inclusion faced by members of our community. We also have yet to fully comprehend the damage done to a learning community when promise goes untapped, barriers stand unchallenged, and privilege drives power. In a spirit of hope and possibility, we created this Commission – with the commitment that we can do this work of learning and change more effectively when more of us are at the table. And as the mission and charge to the Commission make clear, our success in this work is inextricably linked with how successful we can be in upholding our University’s land-grant mission to create opportunity and elevate education for all people.
Dr. Tony Frank