An Assault on Democracy

By President Shirley M. Collado, January 6, 2021
A message from President Shirley M. Collado.

Dear Ithaca College Community,

Like so many Americans — and so many people around the world — I am completely appalled and horrified by the mob action and scenes of destruction that have unfolded today in our nation’s capital. It is very clear that the purpose of this attack on our democracy is to disrupt the process of a peaceful transfer of power and to foment fear, intimidation, and terror.

Not only must we decry this activity — and the individuals who participate in it or condone it — but we must use this moment to affirm our collective responsibility, as a nation, to engage across difference with respect and grace. My heartfelt appreciation goes to the many public servants, first responders, and journalists who are risking their lives today to ensure the United States endures as a beacon of hope and possibility.

In solidarity,

Shirley M. Collado