We send our prayers to the families of Heather Heyer and the Virginia State Police officers who lost their lives as the horrible events unfolded. I watched news reports of the brave law enforcement officers, first responders, and others who were there. Some of the Virginia State Police who were deployed to Charlottesville are part of our UVa-Wise family. We send prayers to them as they cope with the loss of their fellow officers.
As our College prepares for the start of a new academic year, it is important to note that we are a diverse campus that is a model of tolerance and inclusion. Let me be clear; UVa-Wise, just as the University, will not tolerate hatred, racism, or the violence that cast a deep shadow over Charlottesville. Our campus is a place for shared ideas and respect for others. We will accept nothing less.
Let us keep the University and Charlottesville in our thoughts in coming days. We stand with them because we are stronger together.
Donna P. Henry