This is a great public relations job by Chancellor Folt by re-establishing the students' faith in the school. If the school has done a poor job addressing or solving the students concerns then it was smart of Folt to send this message to the students. The school does not want the students to feel as though they do not care about hearing their input, nor do they want the students to think that they are not willing to handle their concerns. The message by Folt is supporting the students to continue their input, implying that their concerns will be dealt with if the school feels it is necessary.
I think that this is a great quote which applies to both individuals and the university. As people, we want to experience the world around us, daring to try new things and to take risks. If we keep to ourselves and stay inside our comfort zone, refusing to open our minds to new people and to possibilities, we refrain from growing. In terms of the university, the institution must also be willing to open itself up to the world and all sorts of truths that surround it, whether those things be positive or negative. It must own up to mistakes, and accept public opinion instead of closing its eyes to wrongdoings or inefficiencies.
I think this is a great quote that can be applied beyond the scope of this university. Being able to be open to new ideas is one way to grow and expand as individuals, and also will help this school continue to be the great and world-renowned university is. Students should want to have say in things around campus, and they should feel like their voice are being heard in terms of getting things done. Coming out of your shell and continuing to push the envelope on certain problems is sometimes the best way students can participate in facilitating change, and I think this quote is encouraging students to do just that.
It seems that Chancellor Folt has tried to make energy her calling card in her first year on the job, constantly stating that her administration will not rest until solutions are found and that they are always working to better the University.
On that same front, Chancellor Folt has been asking for students, faculty and supporters of UNC to bring that same energy to the table. With this quote, Folt is encouraging students to communicate constantly and continue to let the administration know of their grievances with the University. The quote is bold, but also simple and anecdotal. Simply put, it resonates and makes Folt sound like the leader she aspires to be.