Statement on Women’s Basketball Team National Anthem Protest
“The Rosemont College Women’s Basketball Team’s decision to express their concern for equity and justice during the playing of the national anthem at Wednesday’s home season opening game is consistent with the College’s mission and values. Our mission statement clearly states that the College “…seeks to develop open and critical minds…”, and that as a community, the College values “…trust in and reverence for the dignity of each person; diversity with a commitment to building an intercultural community; and persistence and courage in promoting justice with compassion.” By wearing shirts with the word “Equality” on them and standing facing the flag during the playing of the national anthem, the team is expressing their support for those in our community whose lives are impacted by inequality and social injustice. To bring further attention to this important cause, the team intends to volunteer with community organizations that aim to overcome issues of inequality and social injustice. Their intentions to partner and volunteer are in keeping with the mandate of Cornelia Connelly, founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, to opt for “Actions, not words.” The team’s plans have been formulated in counsel with their coach, and with the full-support of Rosemont’s Department of Athletics, who, along with the entire Rosemont community, seek to make the experiences of all student-athletes true learning experiences.”
– Lisa Dolling, PhD, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Follow-up Statement to Media
"At Wednesday’s Women’s Basketball game, the Rosemont College Women’s Basketball Team demonstrated their commitment to equality and social justice for all people. By wearing shirts with the word “Equality” on them and standing as a team for the National Anthem, they indicated their commitment to the College’s values of “…trust in and reverence for the dignity of each person; diversity with a commitment to building an intercultural community; and persistence and courage in promoting justice with compassion.”
-Sharon Hirsh, PhD, President
Rosemont College Mission Statement
Rosemont College is a community of lifelong learners dedicated to academic excellence and fostering joy in the pursuit of knowledge. Rosemont College seeks to develop in all members of the community open and critical minds, the ability to make reasoned moral decisions, and a sense of responsibility to serve others in our global society.
Rooted in Catholicism, Rosemont welcomes all faiths and is guided by the principles of Cornelia Connelly and the Society of the Holy Child Jesus to meet the needs of the time.
Rosemont College values:
Trust in and reverence for the dignity of each person;
Diversity with a commitment to building an intercultural community;
Persistence and courage in promoting justice with compassion;
Care for the Earth as our common home.