HSU Stands Together
Watching current events unfold around our country is both heartbreaking and dismaying. Life is precious, and we mourn George Floyd’s death and grieve with all who similarly have suffered injustice.
In this season of introspection, Hardin-Simmons University recommits to stand for what is good, right and true, and to teach our young men and women to embody Jesus’ approach to the world including fair treatment and justice for everyone.
Moral courage requires us to examine our hearts for seeds of callousness that may have taken root, not only individually but also collectively as an institution. This same moral courage then challenges us to speak out against bias and discrimination and unfair treatment. For too long, racism has been part of the lived experience of our communities of color. We must be intentional in striving to understand the complex issues of racism and social inequality and be deliberate in addressing those issues. HSU’s administration, faculty, staff, and students must support and encourage one another in this responsibility.
Our continued commitment at Hardin-Simmons is to consider every individual as beautifully and wonderfully made, equally entitled to participate in and have access to a quality education in an environment where inclusivity and security are informed by our Christian beliefs.
Safety on the Hardin-Simmons campus is a top priority. As faculty and staff are currently moving back into campus offices, and the arrival of students for the fall semester is eagerly anticipated, we remain committed to ensuring protection and impartiality for our diversely populated campus. Christian principles guide us to do this with patience, humanity, and dignity.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” - John 13:34-35
Please join in praying for every member of our HSU community. I have been proactively engaging with administrators, faculty, staff and students about their concerns and ideas, and we will continue to collaborate on how we, together, can be a light of hope and of courage to one another, to our local neighborhoods, and to our world. The HSU community is and must continue to be, in word and in action, a family enlightened by Christian faith and values.