Hollins’ Statement

The Hollins University community deeply mourns the loss of George Floyd and the countless other victims of systemic racism whose names we must remember: Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Eric Garner and so many more.

The Hollins mission statement reminds us that our calling is to nurture civility, integrity, and concern for others, and to encourage and value diversity and social justice. While Hollins aspires to recognize and celebrate the humanity and dignity of all people, we too have struggled with the legacy of racism. For this reason, it is imperative that we lift up our voices in solidarity to say “Enough!” In an effort to live our community values we must not remain silent.

We know that many people in our community and across the nation are suffering and grieving and that it is our responsibility not only to bear witness, but also to act. Healing from the injustices of racism must be a collective effort. As we strive to live our Hollins values more fully and intentionally, we recommit ourselves to creating a culture of care rooted in equity and justice for all.

Nancy Gray, Interim President
Mary Hinton, President-Elect
Kerry Edmonds, Executive Vice President & COO
Ashley Browning, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Dan Derringer, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
Brook Dickson, Executive Assistant to the President
Suzy Mink, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Patty O’Toole, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Alison Ridley, Interim Vice for Academic Programs
Darla Schumm, Chair of the Faculty & John P. Wheeler Professor of Religious Studies
LeeRay Costa, Director of Faculty Development & Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies