in the wake of election results

[letter to Carnegie Mellon ECE community, November 9, 2016]

Last night, Americans have spoken and have chosen the new president. Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, I know that many of you are feeling sad, anxious, angry, disappointed, or all of the above; I feel the same. In the words of our president, “We try very hard to persuade people that we are right; and then people vote. And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena. … We try even harder the next time.” 

And that’s what we do. We effect change in our environment. We reject the tenor of this divisive election, the hateful language and the normalization of behaviors that are not and should never be commonplace. We build a community we can be proud of and hold each other responsible for it. We treat each other with respect regardless of where we come from, the color of our skin, our gender or sexual orientation. We listen to each other and work to make our community better.

That’s how we win,

Jelena

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