UH Hilo interim chancellor reaffirms commitment to free speech and expression
Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai: We ask that you join us in making this campus a place where our differences are bound within a framework of respect and aloha.
A message from Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai:
Aloha UH Hilo ‘Ohana,
Over the last year, and increasingly in recent months, incidents have occurred across the nation in which freedom of speech and the right of people to peaceably assemble have led to conflict, controversy, and in some cases, tragedy. We have also found that our community in Hilo is not immune to such events.
At the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo we take pride in our diverse campus community, and embrace those who come here to work, learn and grow. Universities are intended to be places where ideas and cultures intersect, and we strive to provide a place where this exchange can occur in a safe and productive environment. Yet, as we have seen with some recent demonstrations, beliefs can be in stark contrast.
Our administration has and will continue to respond to inquiries and reports relating to free speech and free expression. Our commitment to these freedoms are essential as we stand firm in our approach to respect the rights of students and staff as well as those choosing to demonstrate their various beliefs.
We expect that in the coming weeks and months issues may arise in which we as a community do not fully agree, and voices in opposition may ring loud. Our resolve to oppose hate and violence must be strong, and our strength comes from each of us. We ask that you join us in making this campus a place where our differences are bound within a framework of respect and aloha.
UH Hilo is here to support you with a variety of services for our students, faculty and staff. Should you need assistance, please reach out to campus support services.
-Originally posted on the UH Hilo Interim Chancellor’s Blog.