Letter from the Chancellor on the presidential election

November 15, 2016

Dear IUPUI Faculty, Staff and Students,

At IUPUI, we remain unwavering in our commitment to ensuring a welcoming, safe, civil and inclusive environment for faculty, staff and students. Even when we disagree, we must strive to do so with mutual respect and civility. Open dialogue is central to academic freedom and our educational mission, and it shapes and reflects our intellectual community at IUPUI. 

To this end, we are organizing a town hall meeting not only to provide a forum for discussion but also to share guidance and resources with the campus community as we process the results of the recent presidential election. Regardless of your political affiliation, this forum will provide an opportunity to continue the open dialogue that has distinguished our campus since its founding nearly 50 years ago. The Town Hall will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the Campus Center Theater. I hope you can join this important conversation.

Regardless of current events, we are dedicated to our fundamental mission to advance the state of Indiana and the intellectual growth of its citizens to the highest levels nationally and internationally through research and creative activity, teaching and learning, and community engagement.

As the season of thanksgiving draws near, I extend my gratitude to members of the IUPUI community. You reflect our campus’s core values of diversity and inclusion, civility and respect, engagement and service. Your commitment to student success, to academic achievement, and to excellence in research and creative activity is an inspiration.


Nasser H. Paydar

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