On June 28, 2023, three members of the University of Waterloo community were violently attacked in a horrific act that targeted gender expression and identity.

It is unimaginable that in today’s era this malicious form of hate exists in some people’s hearts.

I have been overwhelmed with the messages of support that our institution has received from all corners of the country and around the world. It is clear to me that those who are united against all forms of violence, hatred and bigotry far outnumber those who would terrorize us.

We must all remain committed to fostering inclusive, safe, and welcoming environments for all members of our community — denouncing all forms of hate, discrimination, and violence.

There are people who would like to intimidate us. They want us to be afraid — afraid to learn, afraid to share, afraid to speak our truths. But we will not let this deter us from proclaiming loudly, our values of inclusion and openness.

Continue reading the (July 4, 2023) op-ed at The Record (subscription required).