ASLC President's Response
Please note that this was included in the ASLC President's Weekly Update: 11/18
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.
Daniela Lopez '16