In response to the violence at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021, Joel S. Hellman, Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service shared the following message for the SFS community:
“To the many SFS students and alumni who have the privilege of serving the U.S. Congress, we hope that you are safe and well in the aftermath of the reprehensible attack on this critical centerpiece of our democracy, and we applaud your continued commitment to the essential work of a peaceful transition of power. In the name of our school, which has always been dedicated to what Father Edmund A. Walsh called ‘the works of peace,’ we join President DeGioia in strongly condemning the shocking violence that the world witnessed yesterday.
The assault on the Capitol was led by an anti-democratic mob that included racist and anti-Semitic elements. We repudiate these actions and ideologies in the strongest possible terms. The treatment by security forces of the group that stormed the building stands in sharp contrast to the police and military force used against Black Lives Matter protesters in our city in the summer of 2020.
By holding accountable those who violated our Constitutional norms, this country can demonstrate the strength and resilience of our democracy which has, for so long, been a beacon for the rest of the world and must remain so.”