Dear Tracey and Michael,
Thank you for including me in the conversation about this terrible incident and
the campus’s response to it. The vandalism was a hateful and horrible thing,
and I am so sorry that the students in the entry, as well as the entire campus,
have had to endure it. To say that such behavior is unacceptable is simply to
scratch the surface of the outrage that I feel.
I agree completely that, especially in the aftermath of this incident, students
and administration must come together around the critical purpose of
eliminating from the Williams campus homophobia and other forms of
discrimination against the many varieties of sexual expression. As it is with all
expressions of bigotry, this is neither an easy task nor a quick one. I
understand that you have started a productive conversation with the current
College leadership about steps that could be taken in pursuit of this goal. I
support that process fully, and look forward to becoming engaged in the dialog
myself when I arrive on campus in April.
For now, let me just say again how appalled I am at what happened in Mills-
Dennett 1 last weekend. I know that this is hardly representative of the views,
or behavior, of the marvelous Williams student body. But as true as that may
be, it does not diminish the importance of taking this opportunity to
acknowledge and address the very real homophobia that does exist on campus.
And to do so now.
I look forward to meeting you and your colleagues in the spring, hopefully
under somewhat happier circumstances.
With my best regards,
Adam F. Falk