Reaction to the United States Supreme Court Decision

June 25, 2022

Yesterday, like many of you, I was absorbed by the historical moment—the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the constitutional right to an abortion that has stood for almost fifty years.

The decision has been met with outrage and fear both within our own community and across the nation. Contributing to the deep sense of unease for many is a signal contained within the decision that further fundamental rights could be removed from individuals and groups long marginalized in our society. 

As the day wore on, thousands of people gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court and in cities across America to express their anger, and others showed their elation at this decision. Clearly, this moment will further divide an already polarized nation.

In one of my past messages to you about the need to advocate for change, I wrote, “Seemingly, we could not be more challenged than we are now.” That was true then, and it is true now.  

In the face of challenges, Olin College will remain committed to its values. We will continue to strive to provide a safe environment that supports freedom of inquiry, protects diversity, and fosters a sense of health and well-being among all Oliners.

I know many of you, particularly our students, will be moved by this decision and will be driven to advocate for change. I urge you to do so peacefully and with respect for all viewpoints, because even amid upheaval, respect for others must remain a core value of both our campus community, and our national one. But know that there remain many levers of reform, such as advocating, organizing, and voting. Change can come again.