Stop The Hate
Presidents of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley write
open letter to the community:
April 30, 2015
As the presidents of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley,
our four institutions may have very different histories, missions and
strengths but we all share a respect for humanity and a dedication to
diversity. This goes to the core of each of our campuses' values.
Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam
all share an abiding commitment to upholding freedom, equality and liberty
for each and every citizen. Our campuses are communities where all are
That is why the news of a recent hate crime perpetrated against a SUNY
Potsdam faculty member, containing threats against the individual and
family members, is so disturbing to each of us.
Our hearts go out to the professor and the professor's family, who can
count many friends on all four campuses and beyond among their
After the first hateful message was discovered, President Esterberg wrote
in a letter to campus that "an attack on one of us is an attack on all
of us." This message resonates beyond the SUNY Potsdam campus to our
college communities as a whole.
This is not just an attack on one of our own - it is also an attack on
SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson, SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence, and the communities
that we call home. This cowardly act attempts to strike fear into the
hearts of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors throughout
St. Lawrence County and the North Country. It is no less than an attack on
everything we represent as institutions of higher learning.
Now and always, we join together with one voice to say that we will not
tolerate racism, homophobia, bigotry or threats of violence. We will not
allow these contemptible acts to sow fear and divide our communities.
We stand together, unified in the belief that only through knowledge and
understanding can we end hatred and fear.
Anthony G. Collins
Kristin G. Esterberg
William L. Fox
St. Lawrence University