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Response to Charlottesville: Statement from the Minnesota Student Association Executive Board

Thursday, August 24, 2017

8/13/2017

Today, Student Body Presidents from across the nation came together in solidarity and issued this statement regarding the acts of violence, racism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia. There is no place for hatred and exclusion on any campus and we must work together to combat these bigoted ideologies.

The Minnesota Student Association reaffirms this statement and denounces the hateful acts of bigotry, racism, domestic terrorism, white supremacy, and violence in Charlottesville. We stand in solidarity with the students of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and the victims of injustice everywhere.

We have the responsibility to speak out against hatred. These are not isolated incidents; racism and bigotry are prevalent in our own state and our own campus. We must demand respect and advocate for marginalized communities. We are dedicated to creating a welcoming campus environment where students feel valued and safe. We ask you to join us by recognizing and speaking out against hatred and exclusion.

If you ever feel victim to bias, contact the Bias Response Team* by submitting a report using UReport, calling the BRRN at 612-314-3850, reaching out to a member of the BRRN, or emailing endbias@umn.edu.

Additionally, The University of Minnesota has a variety of resources to promote a more supportive, inclusive climate on campus.

In solidarity,

The Minnesota Student Association, Executive Board

A dowloadable PDF of this statement can be found here.

*Bias Response and Referral Network

 

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