A Letter from the President

January 18, 2017

To the Erikson community,

In these times of uncertainty, transition, and palpable change, I want to strongly affirm Erikson Institute’s unwavering commitment to the mission and core values that have guided our work on behalf of young children, families, and communities for 50 years.

We have long embraced the ideals of inclusion, fairness, and social justice, and our shared vision to ensure that all children have an equitable opportunity to achieve their full potential has never been stronger. As a community of educators, learners, professional staff, service providers, practitioners, and advocates, we know that our work – and our lives – is enriched by the diversity among us. As an institution committed to making a positive and lasting impact, we know that understanding difference – and celebrating it – broadens our horizons and increases our awareness of people in a changing world.

To further Erikson’s position, I have joined nearly 200 other college and university presidents in signing a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, urging him to take a forceful stand against harassment, hate, and acts of violence. I have also joined with other university presidents in adding my signature to a statement supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA), which protects some undocumented individuals from deportation.

At this moment in time, I am mindful that many within and beyond the Erikson community may be looking to us for an affirmation of our foundational principles and values. I can assure you that we are working, and will continue to work, to the fullest extent possible to preserve and protect the inclusive environment that has distinguished Erikson Institute since our founding in 1966.

Sincerely,

Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Erikson Institute