About News A Message from Dean Solomon on the Violence at the U.S. Capitol Jan 06, 2021 Ian Solomon A Message from Dean Solomon on the Violence at the U.S. Capitol Dean Ian Solomon sent the following message to the Batten Community on Wednesday, Jan. 6, after the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol earlier in the day. Dear Batten Community, I am saddened by the chaos and violence at the U.S. Capitol today. My thoughts go out not only to the elected officials who were threatened while performing the essential functions of their job, but also to the staff, including many Batten alumni who work on or near Capitol Hill. I know this community is keeping them in our constant thoughts. I think of our democracy as a verb, rather than a noun. It is expressed through our participation and actions; it is protected through vigilance and collective engagement. To me, democracy is the foundational policy priority from which other American policy objectives can begin to be realized. As a community that celebrates ethical leadership, evidence-based decision making, and public policy for the public good, I know we are invested in the health and effectiveness of this democracy. Healing this country will take time and hard work, but it is important for all of us, wherever we are across the world. Together we will press forward and bring our knowledge, skills, and values to bear in solving problems, serving others, and leading change. Through our work together, let us empower love over hate, and hope over fear. Ian H. Solomon Ian H. Solomon is dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he leads a multidisciplinary faculty in creating new knowledge and developing leaders who can solve humanity’s greatest policy challenges. Trained as a lawyer, Solomon is a devoted student and teacher of both negotiation and conflict resolution. Read full bio Related Content Ian H. Solomon Democracy in Danger News On the latest episode of a new podcast from UVA’s Deliberative Media Lab, Dean Ian Solomon joined experts in policy, history, and media to discuss ongoing threats to our democratic system. On Words: Leadership News Ahead of Election Day, Dean Ian Solomon writes about how leadership can heal during times of political division for UVAToday's "On Words" series.