June 2, 2017 Statement regarding campus tragedy
We, the Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, are UMD alumni, community members and donors. We serve and support the programs of the University and advance the interests of the members of our campus community – students, faculty, staff and our fellow alumni.
We collectively mourn the loss of Second Lt. Richard Collins III, a student at Bowie State University who had just been commissioned in the U.S. Army and was within days of his graduation. It is a tragedy.
We also recognize that acts on campus have caused division and fear within our community with acts of hatred, bigotry and violence. They have left many wondering where free speech ends and hate speech begins. We denounce all acts that are intended to create emotional or physical harm to any individual or group.
This is a difficult time on many college campuses across the country. We are fearless in our determination to maintain the University of Maryland as an institution of higher education that welcomes, celebrates and respects diversity in all forms. We stand firm in our support of the actions proposed by President Loh in his letters to the community. And we as a Board are committed to creating a more inclusive and safer community for all.
Signed by the Executive Committee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees on behalf of the full Board