Archives for "President's Speeches and Statements"


September 21, 2020 9:51 am

Bates Community Letter: Fall 2020

Dear Members of the Bates Community, As we head into the fourth week of the first semester, I write with…


September 1, 2020 12:00 pm

Welcome Remarks at Convocation 2020

Good afternoon. Welcome to the opening convocation of the new academic year. We do not know how this year will…


August 20, 2020 4:21 pm

A Few Thoughts as We Open the Year

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues, Beginning this weekend, we will welcome students back to campus for what will surely be…


August 10, 2020 3:56 pm

Response to Petition on Fall 2020 Plans

Dear Members of the Bates Community: Last week, senior staff colleagues and I received a petition raising various questions with…


June 30, 2020 9:34 am


June 15, 2020 3:31 pm

The Work of Antiracism at Bates

The Work of Antiracism at Bates

Dear Members of the Bates Community, In light of the national crisis arising from ongoing police killings of black people…


June 2, 2020 4:18 pm

Racism and Educational Mission

Racism and Educational Mission

On behalf of Bates College, I condemn these acts of extreme cruelty and the long history of racial injustice and violence against black, brown, and indigenous people that have made them possible and dangerously routine.


May 30, 2020 8:10 pm

A Pause to Acknowledge

Bates President Clayton Spencer, VP for Equity and Inclusion Noelle Chaddock, and Bates Multifaith Chaplain Brittany Longsdorf take a moment to reflect and pause as our nation grapples with the recent, yet sadly familiar events, of continuing race-based violence.


May 19, 2020 4:19 pm

Reply to May 8, 2020 Letter from Faculty and Staff

Dear Colleagues, Many thanks for your letter, dated May 8 and signed by 52 members of faculty and staff and…


May 8, 2020 6:46 pm

Planning for Next Academic Year

Dear Bates Students and Families, Now that we have reached the end of a winter semester none of us could…