President’s Message on Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Dear Southern Oregon University community,
All of us at SOU are committed as a team to the goals of social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. While our words and messages matter, our behavior and our example also matter. Let us make every day an opportunity to better ourselves as role models of civility, kindness, and mutual respect for all people. Together, we can cultivate an environment where all people—students, faculty, staff, and community partners—know without question that they are welcome here. This work must be intentional and persistent. Please continue to reassure each other that you are valued and supported. We owe that to each other and to our community. Let us make SOU the exemplar for love, kindness, mutual respect, and an open heart for all. That is the SOU I have already fallen in love with, and the one I know we can continue to help shine for our region and beyond.
Richard J. Bailey, Jr., Ph.D.
Southern Oregon University