Interim Chancellor Christopher G. Maples shared the following message with Missouri S&T students, faculty and staff this afternoon:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
As a university, we stand with the people and community of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the University of Virginia following the tragic events that transpired over the weekend. Hatred and bigotry have no place in our society.
Soon after the events took place on Saturday, I posted this quote from Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Jane Eyre, on my Facebook page. I believe it succinctly captures the importance of education as the solution to hatred and bigotry.
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
Christopher G. Maples, Ph.D.