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Jan. 29, 2018

Christopher P. Long: Each of us is a leader

Christopher P. Long is the dean of the College of Arts and Letters. On Jan. 25, he wrote a letter to the College of Arts and Letters community regarding recent events at the university.

Dear College of Arts & Letters Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends,

In the wake of the survivor impact statements, the Nassar sentencing, and the resignation of President Simon, we have entered an important period of transition and change at Michigan State University. I am grateful for the collaborative efforts our community is making to listen to the survivors. Their stories are heartbreaking. In following their lead and drawing strength from their courage, we are learning how to create a more just and responsive culture at MSU.

Within the College of Arts & Letters, and collaboratively with deans and colleges across the university, we are committed to looking critically at ourselves, recognizing our failures, and rebuilding the trust that is required of us. Each of us is a leader; as leaders, we need to listen to one another and support each other as we undertake the difficult work ahead with integrity, empathy, and urgency.

Over the weeks and months to come, we will work together to have conversations that will shape this important time of change. Your voices, actions, and support are critical to building a culture of responsibility.

Let the courage and power of the women who have spoken so publicly and eloquently stand as a model for us. Let us continue to learn. Let us remain open and honest so we can create the university we expect ourselves to be.

MSU College of Arts and Letters continues to actively listen and seek input for the path forward from students, faculty, staff and community members. Activities and events held to date by the college have been an open College Advisory Council meeting that was attended by student leaders, faculty, and staff; a staff town hall; and efforts within departments to support students, faculty and staff dialogue and discussions. In addition, the Deans are working collaboratively to make connections across colleges and establish enduring change for MSU. And finally, there will be an "Open Mic, Open Stage, Open Space" for all MSU students in the MSU Auditorium from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 18. Other events, activities, and discussions will be communicated as they develop.