We've received questions from concerned friends and family about traveling to Paris for COP21 in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks. Each member of the delegation is making a personal decision about going, weighing the value of participation against potential risks. For me, the violence in Paris that is symptomatic of conflict and tensions at work in the world give added importance to collaborations that seek to find common ground and shared solutions in response to critical challenges like global climate change. These efforts must continue and we cannot allow them to be stopped by fear. Dickinson is known for choosing to be involved in the world. Now is not the time to withdraw from this commitment.
Those of us who are going will take what precautions we can. We will also be mindful that Paris, our host for the conference, is a city that is grieving and in need of healing.
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