Statement on Today’s Events in Washington, D.C.

Today’s violent events in Washington, D.C. are deeply disturbing.

The actions of today are heartbreaking. This was a clear stand against democracy, against the rights and liberties of all citizens, and against the rule of law. Regardless of political party, violently disrupting the peaceful transfer of the United States presidency is damaging to the country’s values and simply undemocratic.

One of Wheaton’s core principles is global citizenship, often defined as transcending geography and political borders and where responsibilities are derived from membership in the broader class of humanity. When unlawful things such as these happen, it challenges our faith in humanity. While today’s events are unbelievably challenging, we must stay resilient, keep our faith and remain hopeful this country will find its way back to mutual respect and understanding. We all have a part to play in this, as individuals and as a community dedicated to preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

We stand with you against this shameful violence and encourage all Wheaton community members to continue to support each other through these challenging moments. 

Wishing you safety and health, 

Dennis M. Hanno, President
Kelsey Andrade, Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees, ex officio
Gene Begin, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Walter Caffey, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission & Student Aid
Merritt Crowley, Vice President for College Advancement
Zachary Irish, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Meghan E. Kass, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Renée T. White, Provost