A Message to the Anna Maria Community from President Retelle

A message to the AM Community from President Retelle

 

Like you, I am dismayed and disheartened at the horrible circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As a Catholic higher education institution committed to service to community and civic engagement, we denounce all acts of racism, discrimination and violence. This most recent tragedy and the violence in our cities that has ensued are tragic reminders there is so much more work to be done to make the United States a more inclusive and just country.

At Anna Maria College, we are inspired by the ideals of the Sisters of Saint Anne to build a more just and caring world. Our Foundresses turned their attention to the marginalized in society. Today Anna Maria’s students and alumni are driven to search out injustices and advance the public good in their careers of service to their communities. I am continuously inspired by all that you do.

In his letter from a Birmingham jail, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” We understand this quote because so much of what we do at Anna Maria academically, athletically, and spiritually is designed to connect us to our outside world. We are reminded to listen and respect one another. We see the dignity in our fellow human beings. We are accountable to each other and to our mission as a college. We also know that we often fall short and must commit to doing more both on and off campus.

My hope is that we can join together peacefully to bring a positive and substantial change to the unsettled racial divide in our country. We live in a very challenging time and COVID19 prevents us from finding solace by gathering in person. However, we are united in spirit and in that unity let us pray for justice and peace. On behalf of the entire Anna Maria College community, I want to assure you that we will work harder as an institution to do more to help heal our country and communities.

 

Sincerely,
President Mary Lou Retelle

In Pursuit of Racial Justice
Spring 2020 Dean's List

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