22 Aug 2017
Thoughts on CharlottesvilleTopics:
HBS Dean Nitin Nohria has shared the following message with the HBS community regarding the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and their aftermath:
Members of the HBS community,
The events in Charlottesville deserve our strongest condemnation. We cannot claim to have any moral leadership if we in any way condone the abhorrent actions––the bigotry and racism––of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who gathered at the University of Virginia this past weekend to incite violence and hatred. This is a time to be our best selves: to reach out and support others who are feeling isolated and dismayed, and to find the courage to stand up for our convictions––much as Ken Frazier, the CEO of Merck, did on Monday, reminding us that individual actions matter. As Dean of Harvard Business School I stand in solidarity with the victims of Charlottesville and everyone who has been rightly outraged by what has transpired. Here at HBS, as members of a community committed to ensuring that everyone on our campus can and should thrive, we must guard against even a shadow of this hate infecting us. Instead we must find and pursue opportunities to foster unity, to heal wounds, and to bridge divides.
With hope for and an abiding belief in a better future,