November 15, 2016

To Our Campus Community:

One week ago, Americans cast their ballots for leadership positions in national, state, and local elections. The resulting distribution of votes in the Electoral College names Donald J. Trump as the President-elect of our nation. Delegates to the Electoral College will cast their ballots for the President and Vice President on December 19th . On January 6, 2017, Congress is scheduled to meet in joint session to count the electoral votes. The President-elect then takes the Oath of Office and becomes the President of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017.

This was a hard-fought election. Over the course of the past week, I have heard many of you express strong feelings about the campaigns and about the outcome. This is to be expected; freedom of speech is a cherished right in our Constitution.

Beyond our campus, we hear expressions of fear and intolerance. Here at Mid, we have long been a welcoming community. We take pride in being a place of educational access, inclusion, and opportunity. For more than 50 years, Mid has opened its doors to people of all backgrounds and from all walks of life. We will continue to do so.

MMCC is at its best when we focus on the pursuit of excellence – in student learning and in the connections we make with our communities. We are creating our future together in a spirit of mutual respect and warm regard for one another.

There is an old political saying that, “All politics is local.” In a sense, that is true. Day by day, we provide our own leadership – for committees, councils, school boards, and countless other democratic institutions. Whether we are students, staff, or faculty, this is how we strengthen the communities we serve.

And so I encourage us to move forward together. Let us approach this next phase of our country’s story with a desire to understand and to learn from each other.

Kind regards,

Christine M. Hammond, Ph.D.


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