In light of the racist messages found on campus yesterday, we are hosting an LSA Community Gathering to affirm that all students belong on this campus and to discuss responses to yesterday's events. All students and University community members are invited to attend tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Angell Hall first-floor lobby located off of the State Street entrance.
Dean Martin's Statement Regarding the Racist Messages:
We stand with University President Mark Schlissel and University leaders in condemning the racist posters and flyers spread on campus today. We stand in solidarity, especially, with our students who feel under threat, frustrated, demoralized, angry, and saddened.
These posters advocating white supremacy strike at the very heart and soul of the College. Their presence marred our physical spaces—in Haven and Mason halls—where we hold our classes and where our faculty and staff work, and are an assault on everything we believe in as a liberal arts college and as a diverse community.
The Central Student Government has already called for solidarity with students at EMU who experienced similar racist graffiti on their campus. We also need to be in solidarity with each other, recognizing the importance of supporting anti-racist education and activism.
In the days to come we will work with others who wish to organize a further response, with teach-ins, conversations, and other avenues of mutual support. We will share further updates and information as it becomes available.