Adams State University is known for our quality education with a personal touch. Teaching is an unparalleled act of passion and compassion, driven by an intuitive need to uplift others and help them find the best in themselves. If I could characterize any legacy for our university, it is that we graduate students who dedicate themselves to helping others.
Alamosa and the San Luis Valley have become my home. When I accepted the role as President of Adams State University, I had no idea the profound impact that this place would have on me, and the admiration that I would come to feel for the people here. This Valley is appealing. From its stunning backdrop, to the wonderful people of our community, once you’ve been here the place stays in your heart.
Some of the smartest, most noble, and giving people I have ever known choose to call The San Luis Valley home. We are surrounded by goodness in this community and often feel comfortably insulated from the chaos and heartache affecting so much of the world right now. This has been a difficult year. Violence, whether political, emotional, or physical, seems common, and it’s hard not to feel impacted by the fear and sadness it causes.
At Adams State University, we pride ourselves in serving a diverse student population and value the diversity of our faculty and staff. We are part of an inclusive and united community. We are accepting of who each person is, and who each person is here to become. This is a safe place.
I recognize that for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community, fear is very real. On this campus, we will not tolerate any kind of intimidation. For nearly 100 years, Adams State has stood as an institution committed to providing a safe haven for learning, growing, and expanding. Here, you are safe.
Governor Hickenlooper was on campus recently. He was bold in announcing, “If anybody is going to go house to house, start rounding up people for mass deportation, it is not going to happen in Colorado.” I will take that statement one step further and say that we will not allow that to happen on our campus or in our Valley.
I am asking one thing of you, for our university, our community, and our world: find the courage to be kind. Now is the time for us to be united and continue standing strong in the face of fear and hate.
At Adams State University, we are committed to being a safe space in the San Luis Valley and for all of Colorado.
Dr. Beverlee J. McClure
President, Adams State University.