Members of the Norwich Family:
Today, 1 June 2020, is my first day as your President. In the coming weeks you will be hearing from me often on many subjects, including my honor to become a member of the Norwich community and to serve as your President.
Given the current state of unrest across our country, it is paramount that you immediately receive my personal communication in response to the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. Indeed, Mr. Floyd’s death is a heartbreaking tragedy.
First, please allow me to reinforce very clearly that the Norwich community will be safe, inclusive, and respectful of all students, faculty, staff, and guests. Given our guiding values of mutual respect, dignity, and inclusive leadership, all of us have a significant role in helping to make our nation better. We are citizens of the greatest country in the world, and must stand united to combat intolerable behavior.
Many of you know my professional background is in the military and law enforcement, and criminal justice is my core academic discipline. From these perspectives I, like many of you, found the conduct of the officers involved with Mr. Floyd’s death to be appalling and inexcusable. Our School of Justice Studies and Sociology at Norwich is exceptional. We have much to offer to constructively influence the national conversation on cultural awareness and policing, civil disobedience, and community listening and relations, and can leverage our robust values-based civic service programs in positive ways as our Republic wrestles with these and other complex issues.
While Vermont is demographically one of the least racially and ethnically diverse states in the nation, Norwich is a leader in internationalization, embracing students, staff and faculty from all over the world and domestically, across cultural and socioeconomic divides. We are an institution of higher education; the birthplace of ROTC; and a leadership laboratory educating tomorrow’s civic and military leaders. We will continue our commitment to ongoing educational training for our entire campus community on diversity, equity, and inclusion and advancement of a supportive campus climate.
As I immerse myself in the unique talents and services offered by our Counseling and Wellness Center, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, and our Title IX office, I am confident our community will feel welcome and able to thrive and succeed. Below in this communication you will find a notice from Nicole Krotinger, the Director of our Counseling and Wellness Center that includes resources for our campus community. Please do not hesitate to contact Nicole or any of our CWC staff at this time. They are available to provide our full support always.
Finally, I look forward to having deeper conversations on topics such as these in person with you. Establishing relationships of trust with all communities and fostering a campus environment that continues to welcome all are my top priorities.
Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Colonel, USAF (Ret)
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Telephone: (802) 485-2065