As representatives of the Associated Students of the University of Utah, we would like to assert our deep sadness and firm opposition to the white supremacists that targeted the University of Virginia this weekend and to the racist posters that were found on our campus recently that targeted our black students. We are strongly committed to making the University of Utah a welcoming and supportive place for all of our students, and the disturbing and derogatory ideas expressed in these posters are inexcusable and directly violate the most core values of our institution and ASUU. Equal opportunity, social responsibility, and the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and community members are among ASUU’s most paramount commitments, and we want to assure students that these postings and their endorsement of bigotry and violence do not reflect the values of this campus.
As we enter the coming academic year, we want to emphasize that this behavior is unacceptable and has no place at the University of Utah. Resources like the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Counseling Center, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, and the Social Justice Advocates are available to any student in need of support or services, and we as representatives of ASUU will do everything in our power to connect students to these resources and provide any support that we can. Bias incidents can also be reported to the Office for Inclusive Excellence at https://inclusive-excellence.utah.edu/report-form.php , 801-585-5994.
Please contact with our Director of Diversity, Lilly Kanishka, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns that you may have. You are not alone and what has occurred is intolerable. We stand in solidarity with our students during this time.