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March 20, 2018

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Dear Laurier community:

Later today, Faith Goldy is scheduled to speak at the Waterloo campus. A recently formed group invited Goldy to the campus and a faculty member booked the event space, following normal booking procedure.

Over the past few days, I have heard from many of you and I am listening. I want to state very clearly that I personally and absolutely reject the ideas and values attributed to this speaker and that they are in no way aligned with or reflective of the core values of our university.

A notice has been posted explaining why this event will proceed. In short, the university does not censor or limit the lawful and free expression of ideas, including ideas that are unpopular or offensive.

It is my sincere hope that the organizers of, and participants in, this event take seriously the responsibilities and accountabilities that accompany free expression and will engage in civil discourse that is free from hate.

We are focusing our attention on the provision of supports to those faculty, staff and students who might need it and on ensuring the safety of our community.

Wilfrid Laurier University’s leadership team is committed to the support and development of a diverse and inclusive community and the countless ways diversity enriches the life of our campuses, our communities and our country.

Sincerely,

Deborah L. MacLatchy, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor

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