Free Speech & Advocacy

A message from the University president on Charlottesville and civic discourse

Announced on: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Dear Campus Community,

Our hearts go out to those physically and emotionally injured by the horrific events that transpired in Charlottesville this past Saturday. The acts of terror were driven by bigotry and hate that hurt not only the community in which they took place but all of us across the nation. We at Chico State stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers at the University of Virginia.

We are a much stronger country when we embrace diversity as one of the greatest strengths our society—or any society—can achieve. California, in particular, remains a showcase to the world of the vitality, creativity, and harmony made possible by a culturally and ethnically diverse society.              

At Chico State, we will continue to do everything within our means to ensure that discourse on these and other societal issues remains constructive, civil, and respectful. As an intellectual community, we understand the importance of meaningful dialogues and courageous conversations that help students wrestle with issues and resolve challenges, and do so in ways that are respectful and build community. We ask that everyone associated with the University bear in mind our commitment to serve as a safe and welcoming environment for all.

I encourage you to visit the Our Democracy website for toolkits for engaging in constructive dialogue, tips for inclusive pedagogy, and on- and off-campus resources for our community, as well as a listing of upcoming events focused on civic engagement. I look forward to the new academic year when we will continue to demonstrate that the Chico Experience is built upon our caring and concern for one another.


Gayle E. Hutchinson