ASLC President's Response

Please note that this was included in the ASLC President's Weekly Update: 11/18

Friends,

It saddens me that as a school, as a country, and as a people, we have not all progressed beyond our ugliest traits, ugliest emotions, and ugliest thoughts. Yesterday, a member of our community shared a message of hate and this is not acceptable. All the worse, this is not the first time. Every year, we face another incident like this one. We promise to never let it happen again—but it does. We can not allow this to become normal or the trend. We can not let this to become a history that is stain on our hands. This is on us. 

Mizzou. Yale. Schools across the country are faced with similar struggles, but we should be better. We need to be better. Better for the sake of not just the communities we live in now, but the ones we hope to see one day. Steps to those safe and accepting communities starts today with us all. Students, staff, faculty and administration have acted with haste to respond to these acts of hate, but we as a community need to be proactive, not reactive.

ASLC is here to stand with those who no longer feel safe, those who do not feel accepted, and those who need more support from their community. We will commit to prioritizing the safety of black students today and always. Black students deserve to feel safe and valued at all times.

Tonight, L&C students will head over to Reed College to discuss our relationship and events such as this one that impact it. On Thursday, our Senate meeting will be entirely devoted to a conversation about incidents of hate and bias on our campus. Please join us in either of these conversations or stop by the office to talk. At the end of this email, there is a survey regarding safety on campus. I encourage you all to fill it out if you have not done so already.

Last, please join myself and others at 8 AM this morning in front of JR Howard in solidarity and to remember that the genuine safety to attend class is no longer a guarantee to all students on our campus. 

I stand with you now and always. 

In solidarity,
Daniela Lopez '16

Dear Lewis & Clark Alumni

from Barry Glassner and Anna Gonzalez

November 19 2015

Dear Lewis & Clark Alumni,

Recently, there have been some troubling events on campus, and we want to make sure you’re informed with the facts, as we know them, and what we’re doing. Late last night, one of our students who is black was physically assaulted on campus by three white males who have not yet been identified. Our student was treated on scene by medical personnel, returned to his residence hall, and is now physically safe and is being supported on campus by staff and friends. At his request, we are respecting his privacy and not sharing his name. Earlier this week, some racist posts were made on Yik Yak, a social media network that allows people on or near campus to make anonymous posts. We have chosen not to share those hateful postings here so as not to amplify the message or further empower the poster. We don’t know if these incidents are directly related. We are not dismissing the possibility that the assault is a hate or bias crime, nor are the law enforcement agencies that are investigating the assault. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is encouraged to contact Campus Safety (503-768-7777) or the Portland Police Bureau (Central Precinct, 503-823-0097, or the general non-emergency line at 503-823-3333). In an emergency, call 911 immediately. Information gathered will help to ensure the safety of the entire Lewis & Clark community. We are committed to Lewis & Clark being a safe, welcoming, and equitable place. We will not condone racist rhetoric and violence, discrimination, or hate speech and are fully cooperating with the authorities to identify the people responsible for these recent events. We are, first and foremost, a vibrant educational community of scholars and students. We are engaged in meaningful work, and our classes and activities will continue. We are addressing these incidents in the following ways: * Investigating Assault: Portland Police were immediately called to campus and are investigating the assault. As mentioned, we are cooperating fully with these law enforcement officials. We have asked students to call Portland Police or Campus Safety if they have additional information. * Investigating Yik Yak Posts: The college is aggressively following up with city leaders and law enforcement to identify the anonymous people posting the troubling, racist messages on Yik Yak.

Campus Security: We have increased campus security, hiring additional outside security on campus starting this afternoon. We have advised students to not walk alone at night, to use the buddy system, and to look out for one another. * Student Support: Counseling Services are available to all students: undergraduate, graduate, and law. On weekends, students may contact counseling at 503-265-7804. On weekdays during business hours, students may contact the Counseling Service at 503-768-7160. Students living on campus can also seek support through their Resident Advisors and Area Directors.

Upcoming Events: We encourage continuing the critical dialogue in positive and respectful ways. There will be an interfaith gathering tomorrow, Sunday, November 22, at 6 p.m. in Agnes Flanagan Chapel. On Monday, November 23, students are invited by the Exploration & Discovery Steering Committee to an open forum on the E&D curriculum. The conversation will be held from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. in Council Chamber.

Ongoing Programs: The institution-wide Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is central to our efforts. The members of this group represent the many of us who work on programs and initiatives relating to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life at Lewis & Clark. Our Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME) is responsible for leading Lewis & Clark’s efforts toward its commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural campus community. IME engages students, faculty, staff, and community partners to promote an inclusive campus climate; provide academic, social, and programmatic support to students from underrepresented communities; and help students develop a greater understanding of their global citizenship through the intercultural exchange of ideas and traditions. We want to reiterate that we take these incidents very seriously and are diligently working to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students and community members. We will provide more information and guidance as it is available. Please visit this page for the latest information.

Feel free to reach out to us with your concerns. Understand, however, that we are focusing our resources on our on-campus community, so our ability to respond to phone calls and inquiries may be delayed. To ensure the safety of everyone in our community, and to respond to our students’ concerns and needs, our priority is to find the people posting hate speech and the assailants quickly. We will not allow this situation to distract us from our mission of cultivating scholars in an engaging, creative environment. Even as we look forward to a swift and just resolution of these troubling incidents, we recognize this as an opportunity to have difficult but necessary conversations about the society in which we live, and to celebrate the cultural, ethnic, and social diversity of the Lewis & Clark community.

For ongoing updates on these matters, please visit The Source.

 

Sincerely,

Barry Glassner, President

Anna Gonzalez, Dean of Students

A Letter to the Lewis & Clark Community

November 17, 2015 - 5:59 PM


Dear Lewis & Clark Community,

As you may be aware, this afternoon there were multiple racist posts made on Yik Yak. The Bias Assessment Response Team is actively working on this highly troubling incident. The Portland Police have been informed.

We are working closely with the Black Student Union and thank those students for their leadership during these troubling times. We are working to ensure safety and to provide paths for support for all community members.

Hate has no place at Lewis & Clark. We must work together to ensure an inclusive experience for all members of our community and maintain a campus where all are free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.

Anyone with additional information about the Yik Yak postings, or with concerns about their personal well-being, should contact Campus Safety at 503-768-7855. Students may also contact their area director, the counseling center (503-265-7804), or the Dean of Students (503-768-7110) for additional support.

President Glassner is in Washington, D.C., on college business but has been in close communication with me about this troubling incident and sends his support to and concern for our students and community.

Sincerely,
Anna Gonzalez, Dean of Students

The Black Student Union's Response

November 17, 2015

 

Dear Community,

Earlier today we received screen shots of Yik Yak post that are explicitly anti-Black, racist and violent. We have attached the screenshots. 

We are trying to account for everyone, so please if you are Black, come to the BSU (Templeton 255) . We are holding community, ordering food, and will have councilors there too. If you need an escort, feel free to email us, or call/text 610-348-6020 or 971-267-4371. We will send someone to walk with you. Don't walk around alone. 

 

Best,

The Black Student Union

Templeton 255

Email: bsu@lclark.edu Phone: 503-763-7111

Website: https://thebsu.wordpress.com/

"Empowering those around us."

Concerning Yik Yak posts tonight

November 17, 2015

 

Dear IME Community Members,


As you know from Dean Anna Gonzalez's email that was sent out earlier tonight, racist posts were made to the Lewis & Clark College Yik Yak today targeting the Black community.

The Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, along with the staff of Student Life Division, recognize that this evening was difficult for Lewis & Clark students, especially for our black community. We want to be conscience of whatever steps you must take to heal after this incident. Some of you may choose to be at the gathering in front of the manor house, some of you may choose not to join. We stand in support of whatever decisions you must make to heal. IME will join students at 8am in front of Manor House as we stand together against these racist Yik Yaks and show support/solidarity with black students.

As Dean Gonzalez shared, "Hate has no place at Lewis & Clark. We must work together to ensure an inclusive experience for all members of our community and maintain a campus where all are free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment."

We look forward to standing together as students, staff, faculty and administration in support of our Black students at Lewis & Clark College. Please come by the IME office throughout the day tomorrow to check in, talk with someone and share your thoughts about what our department can continue to do to support and help as we heal and move forward as a community. 

In solidary,
Cathy Busha

Interim Director, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement

Response from the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

November 18, 2015

 

Dear Lewis & Clark Community,

Hate speech like that posted on Yik Yak yesterday has no place on our campus, nor in the larger world. In fact, the posts violate the core values of the L&C community and, more specifically, violate the Discrimination, Harassment, and Hate or Bias-Motivated Conduct Policy.

Please know that we care about and support all of our community members.  We are sending a special message of care and support to our black community members because they were the ones targeted in the recent Yik Yak posts.

We firmly believe that we are in this together and can help and support each other during difficult times. The members of the institution-wide Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) are open to conversations about these Yik Yak posts or any other incidents that make members of our community feel unsafe and/or unwelcome.

We know that there are fora and other events planned as immediate responses to the Yik Yak incident. However, the CDI’s job is to work on long term solutions to the underlying issues that the Yik Yak posts raise. To that end, in addition to the work that the CDI has done and will continue to do, as outlined in the November 16 letter from President Glassner and me, the CDI is planning an open forum in January for all three campuses to share updates on the CDI’s work to date, our plans going forward, and to solicit community input.

If anyone wants additional information about the Yik Yak incidents or about the CDI, please contact one of the members below.

 

In solidarity,

Janet Steverson, Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Members of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion are as follows:

Jane Atkinson, vice president and provost, ex-officio

Nathan Baptiste, director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, CAS

Janet Bixby, associate dean, graduate school

Cathy Busha, associate dean of student engagement, CAS

Michael Coiner, administrative specialist, CAS

Isaac Dixon, associate vice president and director of human resources

Mark Duntley, dean of the chapel

Se-ah-dom Edmo, coordinator of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program

David Ellis, vice president, secretary and general counsel, ex-officio

Linda Eguiluz-Gonzalez, student, graduate school

Erik Fast, director of corporate foundation relations

Mark Figueroa, associate provost for institutional research and planning, CAS

Marisol Garcia, assistant professor of counseling psychology, graduate school

Anna Gonzalez, dean of students, CAS

JB Kim, assistant dean for diversity and academic resources, law school

Stacey Kim, director of marketing and communications

Gabriela Rodriguez, student, CAS

Laura Shier, Director of Academic English Studies/Instructor, CAS

Liz Stanhope, associate professor of mathematical sciences, CAS

Yueping Zhang, associate professor of psychology, CAS

A Letter to the Community From Barry Glassner and Janet Steverson

November 16, 2015


Dear Lewis & Clark Community,

As you know, conversations and action about racism, respect, and equity are intensifying across the country. At Lewis & Clark, what we do personally, academically, and programmatically is key to the health of our community and, indeed, to our national dialogue.

A dedication to diversity and inclusion has been integral to both of our careers and will continue to be so. An institutional commitment to a safe, welcoming, and equitable place is part of our daily life at Lewis & Clark. We will both continue to work to make this commitment a reality for all of our students.

We know that a number of our community members are confronted all too frequently with the prejudices and biases that we all carry. We will continue to support affected members, and we will continue to provide educational opportunities to address these issues. At the same time, we recognize that there are disagreements as to the best path forward. On that front, the Randall Kennedy and Linda Chavez event at last week’s 12th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies was encouraging and instructive for both of us.

Informed dialogue is at the heart of what we do as an academic community. At dinner and in Council Chamber that night, we heard and saw passionate and heartfelt debate. Although there was disagreement as to the proper role of affirmative action, the debate was grounded in mutual respect. We ask that you all join us as we engage in informed and respectful conversations concerning how we as an institution can best fulfill our commitment to a safe, welcoming, and equitable community for all.

The institution-wide Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is central to our efforts. The members of this group represent the many of us who work on programs and initiatives relating to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life at Lewis & Clark.

The CDI’s work has included the establishment of Lewis & Clark’s new policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Hate- or Bias-Motivated Conduct, the establishment of the Bias Incident Assessment and Response Team (BART), and a number of programs, conversations, and trainings concerning diversity and inclusion-related topics for students, faculty, and staff on all three campuses. Please visit the website tolearn more about the CDI’s work and for a list of community resources on issues of diversity and inclusion. In addition to the CDI, the CAS Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling broadly, and the Law School Committee on Diversity and Inclusion all engage in school-specific programs, trainings, and conversations on these vital topics.


The CDI’s members are as follows:


Jane Atkinson, vice president and provost, ex-officio

Nathan Baptiste, director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, CAS

Janet Bixby, associate dean, graduate school

Cathy Busha, associate dean of student engagement, CAS

Michael Coiner, administrative specialist, CAS

Isaac Dixon, associate vice president and director of human resources

Mark Duntley, dean of the chapel

Se-ah-dom Edmo, coordinator of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program

David Ellis, vice president, secretary and general counsel, ex-officio

Linda Eguiluz-Gonzalez, student, graduate school

Erik Fast, director of corporate foundation relations

Mark Figueroa, associate provost for institutional research and planning, CAS

Marisol Garcia, assistant professor of counseling psychology, graduate school

Anna Gonzalez, dean of students, CAS

JB Kim, assistant dean for diversity and academic resources, law school

Stacey Kim, director of marketing and communications

Gabriela Rodriguez, student, CAS

Laura Shier, Director of Academic English Studies/Instructor, CAS

Liz Stanhope, associate professor of mathematical sciences, CAS

Janet Steverson (chair), Douglas K. Newell Professor of Teaching Excellence, law school

Yueping Zhang, associate professor of psychology, CAS


The work of the CDI is ongoing, and we will continue to keep you informed of Lewis & Clark’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Thank you for the work you do to make Lewis & Clark a better place for everyone.


Sincerely,


Barry Glassner, President and Professor

Janet Steverson, Douglas K. Newell Professor of Teaching Excellence and Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion


THE MESSAGE BELOW WAS POSTED TO THE SOURCE ON NOV. 21 2015 AT 1:00 PM.

“We are aware of a serious incident involving an assault on a transgender student on campus early Saturday morning, November 21st. The student is currently physically safe and receiving support. An incident report was filed with the Lewis & Clark Bias Assessment Response Team. However, we have been respecting the student’s request to remain completely anonymous and will not comment at all on the identity of this person. Our Director of Campus Safety contacted the detectives at the Portland Police Bureau Sunday evening about this assault.

At this time, we do not know if this incident is linked to the previously reported assault on that same night. Anyone with information about either assault, including first-person witnesses, is asked to contact Campus Safety (503-768-7777) immediately or Detective Todd Prosser at 503-823-9320, todd.prosser@portlandoregon.gov.

As reported Saturday, we have increased campus security. We have advised students to not walk alone at night, to use the buddy system, and to look out for one another.

Lewis & Clark will not tolerate any behavior that threatens the safety of our community. We must stand together in the fight against oppression, discrimination, and violence of all kinds.

Dear Lewis & Clark Parents,

THE EMAIL BELOW WAS SENT TO THE PARENTS OF LEWIS & CLARK STUDENTS ON NOV. 21 AT 4:22Pm from Barry Glassner and Anna Gonzalez

Dear Lewis & Clark Parents,

Recently, there have been some troubling events on campus, and we want to make sure you’re informed with the facts, as we know them, and what we’re doing. Late last night, one of our students who is black was physically assaulted on campus by three white males who have not yet been identified. Our student was treated on scene by medical personnel, returned to his residence hall, and is now physically safe and is being supported on campus by staff and friends. At his request, we are respecting his privacy and not sharing his name. 

Earlier this week, some racist posts were made on Yik Yak, a social media network that allows people on or near campus to make anonymous posts. We have chosen not to share those hateful postings here so as not to amplify the message or further empower the poster.

We don’t know if these incidents are directly related. We are not dismissing the possibility that the assault is a hate or bias crime, nor are the law enforcement agencies that are investigating the assault. Anyone with information about either of these incidents is encouraged to contact Campus Safety (503-768-7777) or the Portland Police Bureau (Central Precinct, 503-823-0097, or the general non-emergency line at 503-823-3333). In an emergency, call 911 immediately. Information gathered will help to ensure the safety of the entire Lewis & Clark community.

We are committed to Lewis & Clark being a safe, welcoming, and equitable place. We will not condone racist rhetoric and violence, discrimination, or hate speech and are fully cooperating with the authorities to identify the people responsible for these recent events.

We are, first and foremost, a vibrant educational community of scholars and students. We are engaged in meaningful work, and our classes and activities will continue.

We are addressing these incidents in the following ways:

Investigating Assault: Portland Police were immediately called to campus and are investigating the assault. As mentioned, we are cooperating fully with these law enforcement officials. We have asked students to call Portland Police or Campus Safety if they have additional information.

Investigating Yik Yak Posts: The college is aggressively following up with city leaders and law enforcement to identify the anonymous people posting the troubling, racist messages on Yik Yak. 

Campus Security: We have increased campus security, hiring additional outside security on campus starting this afternoon. We have advised students to not walk alone at night, to use the buddy system, and to look out for one another.

Student Support: Counseling Services are available to all students: undergraduate, graduate, and law. On weekends, students may contact counseling at 503-265-7804. On weekdays during business hours, students may contact the Counseling Service at 503-768-7160. Students living on campus can also seek support through their Resident Advisors and Area Directors.

Upcoming Events: We encourage continuing the critical dialogue in positive and respectful ways. There will be an interfaith gathering tomorrow, Sunday, November 22, at 6 p.m. in Agnes Flanagan Chapel. On Monday, November 23, students are invited by the Exploration & Discovery Steering Committee to an open forum on the E&D curriculum. The conversation will be held from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. in Council Chamber.

Ongoing Programs: The institution-wide Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is central to our efforts. The members of this group represent the many of us who work on programs and initiatives relating to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life at Lewis & Clark. Our Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME) is responsible for leading Lewis & Clark’s efforts toward its commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural campus community. IME engages students, faculty, staff, and community partners to promote an inclusive campus climate; provide academic, social, and programmatic support to students from underrepresented communities; and help students develop a greater understanding of their global citizenship through the intercultural exchange of ideas and traditions.

We want to reiterate that we take these incidents very seriously and are diligently working to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students and community members. We will provide more information and guidance as it is available. Please visit this page for the latest information. 

Feel free to reach out to us with your concerns. Understand, however, that we are focusing our resources on our on-campus community, so our ability to respond to phone calls and inquiries may be delayed. 

To ensure the safety of everyone in our community, and to respond to our students’ concerns and needs, our priority is to find the people posting hate speech and the assailants quickly. We will not allow this situation to distract us from our mission of cultivating scholars in an engaging, creative environment. Even as we look forward to a swift and just resolution of these troubling incidents, we recognize this as an opportunity to have difficult but necessary conversations about the society in which we live, and to celebrate the cultural, ethnic, and social diversity of the Lewis & Clark community.

For ongoing updates on these matters, please visit The Source. 

Sincerely,
Barry Glassner, President
Anna Gonzalez, Dean of Students