Over the past few months, this country has suffered through an unprecedented assault on American democracy. Today, that assault spilled over into actual violence when hundreds of protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol building, interrupting the election certification process that had been underway. For those who live or work in the Washington, D.C. area, please know that we're thinking of you tonight, and hope you are all safely out of harm's way.
I know how frightening and unsettling today's events are for everyone; however, I am confident that our democracy will survive the current crisis as it has many times before.
Regardless of your political affiliation or your feelings about November's election, I implore each of you to take a stand in support of the U.S. Constitution and our nation's long-held commitment to a peaceful transition of power. As members of the extended Wells community, it is our duty to honor our mission to think critically, reason wisely and act humanely — no matter where we are or who we voted for.
Above all else, we must reject violence, fight ignorance, and peacefully engage in civil discourse. It is the very least we can do, together, as educated citizens.