The last month has been especially challenging for our campus. On April 18, MIT was rocked by the tragic death of Officer Sean Collier, a 27-year-old police officer who, in just 15 months, had become ingrained in our community. In the aftermath of that night’s tragedy, I have been inspired by the support that our students, staff, and faculty have shown towards the MITPD, the Collier family, and one another.
This semester has reminded me of a few important lessons. First, MIT is not immune to the dangers that exist in our society. The violence we experienced that night hit closer to home than we are accustomed, and that worries me. As overseer of “all things students,” it is my job to make sure that you are safe and supported during your time at MIT. That is a responsibility that I do not take lightly, and the recent events have reminded me that challenges to that safety and support can come from unexpected places at unexpected times despite our best planning.