I am a proud and patriotic American. I am also the daughter of an immigrant, granddaughter of a holocaust victim, wife to a green card holder. Probably every one of you in our department has a similar story to tell– children of people who came to the U.S. to start a new life, or who are immigrants yourselves, or who have built friendships, love, and families with people of other faiths, other cultures, other colors. We celebrate our diversity and recognize that it enriches and deepens all aspects of our lives, including our professional lives. As members of MCDB, we are a global community.
Because I believe in the values of liberty and tolerance that America has always upheld, I am deeply offended by the recent presidential executive order targeting Muslims. Regardless of the outcome of this specific executive order, it sends a very troubling message that ‘liberty and justice for all’ is under fire. One way to douse that fire is to speak out and act to uphold our core values.
As chair of MCDB, I am committed to recognizing the dignity and worth of each and every one of us. We may have differences of opinion, but I will continue to work to make sure that we continue to respect each other’s views through civil discourse, and continue to uphold our mission to do great science, to teach our students to think critically, and for all of us to be valued members of our community. I welcome all of you to join me in this effort; to speak up for fairness, and to act to achieve it.