CHICOPEE, Mass. — Elms College President Harry E. Dumay and Pine Manor College President Thomas M. O’Reilly, while acknowledging that an investigation is ongoing, have condemned in the strongest possible terms the alleged use of derogatory language, profanity, and racial slurs by Elms College fans and players at a Sept. 13 men’s soccer game against Pine Manor College.
“While we do not yet have all the facts, I can state unequivocally that our campus community will not tolerate any disrespect toward any persons or groups,” Dumay said. “If we determine that any individual associated with the college engaged in behavior that is inconsistent with our values of respect for everyone, we will deal
with it swiftly.”
“This is an important moment when each and every one of us must be willing to say ‘no’ to hate in all its forms,” said President O’Reilly. “Together, we can end hatred. Together, we must end hatred. We must value each other, and show it in all of our actions and words. This is an important teaching moment and we will use it to find a pathway forward.”
Presidents Dumay and O’Reilly have been in communication about the incident, and in addition to the teachable moment the incident provides, both believe that the event can serve as an opportunity for dialogue across both campus communities, and an occasion to reach out to the NCAA and the referee association.
The Elms College campus “takes pride in being inclusive,” Dumay said, adding that inclusivity is inherent in the mission of the college’s founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, to unite neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God, without distinction. Elms recently hired a full-time director of diversity and inclusion to work with students, faculty, and staff to foster an ever-more welcoming and inclusive community.
About Elms College
Elms College is a co-educational Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.
About Pine Manor College
Pine Manor College is a small, private four-year liberal arts college dedicated to Educating with Purpose. For over 100 years Pine Manor College has provided a highly student-focused education and mentoring grounded in the liberal arts tradition. The College focuses on pathways to careers through internships and organizational partnerships and academic programs that instill skills and competencies needed in today’s changing workplace. Situated in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, Massachusetts, only a few miles outside of Boston, Pine Manor College is able to partner with private and public organizations, to create experiential learning opportunities that lead to careers.