Last week, the bulletin board for one of our student organizations was vandalized when the pictures of e-board members who are students of color were removed, while those of white students were left untouched. This incident has been reported to both the Dean of Students and the UMass Police Department. We do not know if the individual or individuals responsible are members of the Engineering community.
Such acts of bigotry are not acceptable within our community and will not be tolerated. Individuals committing such acts are not welcome within our spaces.
I encourage all students, staff, and faculty to help identify how we can better support individuals directly and indirectly impacted by discrimination and to outline steps to prevent future misconduct in the academic environment.
College of Engineering members wishing to discuss issues related to harassment, diversity, equity, and inclusion are welcome to talk with trusted staff and faculty members or with Dr. Rees (email@example.com, 413-545-6324, Marston 128). We also welcome anonymous comments and suggestions, which may be left in the “comment box” on the door of Marston 128, or provided online at http://tinyurl.com/UMassEngineerClimate.
UMass and the College of Engineering stand united in defense of diversity and inclusion, and we reject all forms of bigotry and hatred. The Hate Has No Home at UMass campaign reaffirms UMass Amherst’s commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming living-learning environment for every member of our community (http://www.umass.edu/diversity/hate-has-no-home-at-umass).