The American College Health Association (ACHA) strongly condemns the senseless violence and loss of life this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a white nationalist rally. This kind of intolerance and hatred has no place in our society. We believe that for our nation and our campuses to be healthy, we must collectively be guided by the values of multicultural inclusion, respect, and equality. We reiterate our support for individuals of all sexual orientations, races, national origins, ages, genders, religions, and abilities. We encourage all of our nation’s citizens to be actively engaged in the struggle to end oppression, to prevent bias-related violence, and to act to eradicate injustice.
Our thoughts go out to the families and victims of these terrible acts. We offer our solidarity with the greater Charlottesville community and the University of Virginia in rallying against hate speech and intolerance.