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A Message from PC Alumni Relations

Dear Fellow Providence College Alumni,

Over the past two weeks – since we watched as George Floyd died at the hand of a white police officer – we have seen countless members of our community call for justice and demand action. We are proud of our alumni, faculty, students, and staff who are speaking up and standing up, examples of the pursuit of truth – veritas – that our shared PC experiences have taught us.

As you perhaps have seen, Father Brian Shanley, PC’s president, and Father Kenneth Sicard, PC’s president-elect, shared their insights and perspectives with our students, faculty, and staff on Sunday, May 31. Father Shanley preached a powerful homily on that same day, and I am pleased to share an excerpt with you here. Father Shanley and Father Sicard, along with a great many trusted colleagues, are engaged in conversation about concrete steps the College can take – steps on a long road toward becoming the beloved community we aspire to be – and you can expect to hear about some meaningful initiatives in the coming days. We will continue to share those plans with you.

Other leaders, including Athletic Director Bob Driscoll and Coach Ed Cooley, have raised their strong voices, too.

And our students are speaking up, loudly and clearly. At least a dozen student groups, including the Student Alumni Association, have issued statements that describe their justifiable outrage, their rightful expectations, and their hopes for the future.

Our society, and Providence College, have a long way to go. But we know that our alumni will be among the leaders in fostering meaningful and positive change. For this, we are grateful, and we are proud.

Sincerely,

Robert Ferreira ’83
Assistant Vice President
Alumni Relations
Providence College