Following the storming of the Capitol constructing on Jan. 6, Grand Valley State College President Philomena Mantella issued an e mail condemning the actions and violence that occurred. Mantella denounced the makes an attempt to overturn a good and free election.
“Grand Valley is outlined by honest, rigorous and open mental trade supplied with respect for the rule of legislation, democracy and the inclusion of individuals of all backgrounds,” Mantella mentioned within the e mail. “Profound ache delivers to us the chance to strengthen ourselves, our group and our nation.”
Following these occasions, Mantella introduced her plans for the Presidential Roundtable Sequence entitled, “The Structure, Elections and Democracy” in an effort to higher join these occasions to the campus group. This sequence will function Mantella and three former GVSU Presidents: Arend Lubbers, Mark Murray and Thomas Haas.
“We’re so lucky to have my three predecessors nonetheless within the space, nonetheless dedicated to training and Grand Valley and moved sufficient to affix me in offering experiences that may each educate and encourage,” mentioned Mantella.
The occasion is partnering with many different organizations and applications discovered on campus. These connections embrace Hauenstein Heart for Presidential Research, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Brooks School of Interdisciplinary Research, the Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Program within the Meijer Honors School, the Workplace of Scholar Life and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Basis. By intertwining the college’s assets, it continues to attach the broader group to the liberal arts training discovered on campus.
Working to actively have further instructional alternatives to assist clarify the turmoil inside society and the foundational rules inside the nation are sturdy priorities to this sequence. The contents of this sequence will deal with matters that work to higher join the GVSU group to the world as an entire. The sequence will cowl the matters listed within the title of the sequence — Structure, elections and democracy — in addition to the state of journalism and social media within the political panorama and dialogue.
“We’ll carry out the perfect in our divided nation by speaking to one another and extra importantly by listening and studying,” mentioned Mantella.
By emphasizing the significance of those conversations on-campus, college students will be capable of have a plethora of viewpoints and information. Mantella hopes to make the discussions interactive in order that the viewers of the session will be capable of interact in asking questions and having open conversations.
The discussions held by Mantella and her predecessors are in hopes to unite and inform all folks. Particulars are but to come back relating to the sequence, however are at present deliberate to be digital and be open to the scholars and the group.