Response to the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Safety in a Diverse Environment
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We wish to thank the members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Safety in a Diverse Environment for their very thoughtful report. We greatly appreciate the time and energy that were devoted to discussing various means for continuing to improve the relationship between the Division of Public Safety and people of color at Penn. We would like to convey a special word of thanks to Vice President Rush and Chief of Police Dorsey for their participation in and support of the Committee’s deliberations.
Creating an environment in which members of our community are safe and have positive relationships with the members of the Division of Public Safety is a high priority. We are cognizant of the difficult balance that must be achieved to support both of these important goals, and we are committed to continuing to work hard in pursuit of both objectives. To quote from the Committee’s report, “our task is to acknowledge the tensions that arise from conflicting perceptions, and to do all that we can to foster respect and mutual understanding.” We believe that the Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendations represent another set of steps in the right direction. We therefore accept and endorse the Committee’s recommendations and have already begun the process of determining which officers will be responsible for carrying out the work.
While a number of individuals and committees will be held accountable for ensuring that these recommendations are implemented, and that the community is apprised of our progress, the ultimate responsibility for making progress rests with each member of the community. If you have suggestions for initiatives or programs, please contact Vice President Rush or Chief Dorsey, the Advisory Board for the Division of Public Safety, the University Council Committee on Pluralism, or the University Council Committee on Safety.
In closing, we ask each member of the Penn community to help us move forward in our quest to foster mutual respect and increased understanding among the Division of Public Safety, faculty, staff and students of color, and the entire campus.
Amy Gutmann, President
Peter Conn, Interim Provost
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 24, March 15, 2005
March 15, 2005
Volume 51 Number 24