In these unprecedented times, Project Pericles reaffirms our deep commitment to social and political justice and our programs that work with our campuses and their communities to effect the long-term systemic changes our nation needs.
We continue to support the essential civic engagement and advocacy work of our students, staff, faculty, provosts, and presidents. It is especially important to address the needs of our communities, and we look forward to strengthening curricular programs that center around sustained community partnerships to amplify community voices. We will keep supporting courses that address grand challenges in our society, particularly Race and Inequality which intersects with: Climate Change, Education Access, Immigration, Mass Incarceration, Public Health, and Voter Engagement.
Reflecting on his founding of our organization, Eugene M. Lang wrote in A Daring Work In Progress, “Project Pericles conceptually asks higher education, and specifically all Pericleans, to join in a coherent and comprehensive effort to fulfill a long-range social mission preventing the erosion of the core values of our democratic society— or, as some would say, recapturing and preserving them.”
While it is with a heavy heart to see the significant erosion of our democratic core values, we will continue to work with our campuses, and higher education more generally, to protect and recapture democracy.