Donald Trump has emerged as the winner of the 2016 presidential election, after an exhausting and often bitter campaign.
Many members of the UNM community, and the country as a whole, have strong feelings about the result. Some feel fear, anger, and sadness. Others are filled with excitement, hope, and relief. Many women, but not all women, feel disappointment that we will not see our first woman president assume office in January.
Even as we acknowledge these differences, we must continue to treat one another with respect. We are a university that values diversity, free expression, and the pursuit of knowledge; values fostered by a civil climate.
Let’s remember the wise words spoken by President Barack Obama on Wednesday. He observed: “Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.” So it is at UNM.
We encourage everyone in the UNM community to work with ADVANCE at UNM to achieve our goal of creating a more inclusive and supportive institutional climate.
Julia Fulghum, director
Mala Htun, deputy director
Mary Jo Daniel, co-PI
Felipe Gonzales, co-PI