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Diversity & Social Justice Education
Response to Ferguson
Dear Students & Campus Community Members:
The events that have occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and the recent grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson have gripped the country. We empathize with Michael Brown's family and loved ones, and we acknowledge that his life should be commemorated with peaceful protests and demonstrations. All lives matter. Nonetheless, we have to remind everyone that #BlackLivesMatter, as we have seen several high-profile deaths of unarmed African American men and women to law enforcement.
When students return from Fall Break, DiversityEd welcomes you and any other member of the campus community to come to the scheduled events for healthy discourse and critical dialogue that allows us to develop strategies for action, and to plan a meaningful response. On Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:00pm, DiversityEd will host a discussion on the role of white allies in addressing racism and violence at the University YMCA Wahl Room (1001 S. Wright St., 2nd fl). Additionally, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:00pm, the Central Black Student Union (CBSU) is hosting a discussion at Florida Avenue Residence Hall (Oglesby Lounge). Sankofa Counselors will be on site to debrief.
In the face of this violence against communities of color, the time to build community is now. Ferguson is everywhere. #BlackLivesMatter
Diversity & Social Justice Education staff
OIIR Letter in Response
The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations have also issued a statement in response to Ferguson. Read more here.