Recently, our college president, Elizabeth Kiss, tweeted a strong and powerful message to students:
Future Scotties, our mission @agnesscott is to educate women to think deeply, live honorably & engage the intellectual and social challenges of their time. We support your right to protest peacefully and doing so will not impact your admission to Agnes Scott or your scholarship.
In an increasingly globalized world, domestic and international issues are easier to learn about and easier to respond to. The United States is a country often in the spotlight and, as an international student or otherwise, you may find yourself wanting to promote your ideas and combat injustice. In fact, the Agnes Scott College community is one that promotes active engagement and critical thinking. Many of the students participate in marches, protests, and other forms of activism as a way to engage the intellectual and social challenges of our time. Actually, the Agnes Scott College mission reads:
AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times.
So it comes as no surprise that the school administration is supportive of our rights to peacefully and respectfully protest. Agnes Scott College is also a place that embraces differing opinions, challenging conversations, and safety. We are strong-willed Scotties, after all! As an international student, where discussions of internationalism and immigration may be controversial, I feel safe and welcome at Agnes Scott to express my opinions and be heard.