January is a time for new beginnings as we turn the calendar to a fresh page for 2024, get back into the classroom for the start of the spring semester, and renew our commitment to our personal, academic, and professional goals in the new year. This is also a time for reflection for all of us, as individuals and as a community.
Good afternoon. I am pleased to join all of you this afternoon for WashU’s annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the essential work that he did to advance equal human dignity for every person in this country. Thank you to the committee who planned and organized this event for putting together a thoughtful program today.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reflecting on the joys and privileges of being part of this very special Washington University community
Free expression is a cornerstone of WashU as an institution of higher learning. We protect it fiercely. At the same time, we must recognize that it has limits. We will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or threatening behavior.