Bringing Cornerstone Values to Election Day

Nov 3, 2020

by Anne B. Kerr, Ph.D.

Today is one of the most important days in the life of our country: Election Day.

Although voting concludes today, it is possible the outcome may not be immediately known. Even if a winner is soon declared, the passions that fueled this historic election season will not quickly dissipate.

I am tremendously proud of the voting enthusiasm I have seen from Florida Southern students, faculty, and staff. Your votes will make positive and consequential impacts on our society.

It is with that in mind that I share this message.

Voting — and the outcomes it produces — are the beginning of the process, not the end.  For our democracy to function, we need to show each other respect, kindness, and compassion when the election is over.

Throughout our College’s storied history, Mocs have been leaders in turbulent times. I know that, regardless of the election’s outcome, we will continue to live the values of our Cornerstone and “respect the dignity, value, and worth of all persons.”

As former President Ronald Reagan said, “every vote cast on Election Day means that we the people have taken a hand in shaping our nation's future.”

Representative John Lewis, the respected civil rights leader, called voting “precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.”

If your candidate prevails, that means acknowledging pain on the other side and working to bridge differences. If you are disappointed in the outcome, please work with others to help move our nation forward.  We are fellow Americans, whatever our differences, and our collective efforts will help achieve the promise of our nation for the benefit of all.

I have heard some people refer to the election’s conclusion as “the light at the end of the tunnel.” I disagree and believe we need to be that light, each of us.

Together, we can light a path forward and help our campus, community, and country heal and address the important issues of the future. We will always be stronger together.

May God bless you, our College, and our country.

Anne B. Kerr, Ph.D.

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