11/17/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University is organizing a non-partisan solidarity vigil for Monday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. at the flagpole located on the quadrangle behind Founders Hall.
“This is a difficult time for many of our students, friends and colleagues and we hope to show that we are an inclusive, welcoming, caring community that supports all people,” said Dr. Craig Hovey, executive director of the Center for Nonviolence.
The event, titled “Standing Together: One Community for All,” will feature candles and hot chocolate for everyone who attends.
“We asked ourselves what we can do particularly by way of showing support for and solidarity with our neighbors, friends, classmates, and colleagues who are feeling afraid or silenced right now,” Hovey said. “We thought that a non-partisan demonstration of our commitment to being a community of care, support, dignity, and civility would be very good. We want to show that, regardless of who you voted for, we are still one community, both campus and town, and we value the equality, toleration, and inclusion of all people.”
Hovey said this event is not a protest or a time to make political speeches or carry signs. “We’ve had too much talking and shouting on all sides. We need some good, solid silence together. This is simply about being together,” he said.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###