Paul Pribberow, president of the University of Augsburg in Minneapolis, directed a plenary panel in the presidential leadership of the University at the Institute of Virtual Presidents of the Council of Independent Colleges, when he saw for the first time the news of the attack on Wednesday of Capitol of the United States. The attendees were also distracted by violence and asked Pribbenow and their colleagues versions of the same question: What should we do?

"There is a firm sense that our colleges and university communities are asking us to say something and do something," Pribbenow said. The appeals to the responses of the presidents were similar to the Community appeals for the action after a police officer killed George Floyd, a unarmed black man, in May, in May, establishing protests throughout the country.

Organizers of the Annual Conference of CIC, which he had focused mainly on the effects of the pandemic in private universities, as well as race and diversity conversations, changed the calendar to include a last minute session Titled "What do events mean yesterday for your campus?" More than 50 presidents attended the session, Pribbenow said. The Thursday session on the communication of presidential crisis was also adjusted to address the riots.

It is not the first time that CIC has adapted its annual meeting for presidents to adapt to the development news, said Richard Ekman, President of CIC. Like many people, Ekman said, the attendees of the President of the University knew that the political discomfort was boiling under the surface for a while.

"We knew that this was going to happen, and it's terrible," he said. "But, on the other hand, when he really sees it, people were surprised, really surprised."

"We have been worried about a few years about division and lack of civility on our campuses when controversial topics," said Ekman.

Ekman and Pribbenow, both referred to a session earlier this week with Danielle Allen, a professor and political theorist at Harvard University. As part of her talk, Allen spoke about the need to improve civic education and the history of American history, which Ekman and Pribbenow agree would be beneficial for all colleges in light of recent events.

During the special session on Thursday, the presidents agreed must establish a statement that addresses violence in the Capitol, but some discussion is deployed on the best way to say, said Pribbenow. It is common for presidents to be trapped by what He calls both sides-ism.

"Sometimes presidents feel that they have to be neutral in this type of situations and try to respond to what they know to be diverse. Perspectives on their campuses," she said. "I think it was something that people were really struggling, especially if they worried personally for this."

She cared by many presidents about racism shown during the riots and the impact she will have on her students. And employees, especially at universities such as Augsburg who serve many color students, Pribbenow said. Some have argued that the police response in the Capitol was weak, especially compared to the aggressive tactical police used against the protesters of black life in Washington, DC, during the summer.

Photos of "The Soga hanging, the Confederate flags in the halls of the congress, the lack of police presence and the answer compared to what we saw earlier this summer, the historical trauma that our students of Face of color are only exacerbated when you see those photos and see that news. " She said.

The presidents of private universities in more conservative parts of the country discussed the tension of being stereotyped as "too liberal" by their community.

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