This message is meant to be a spark, the start of a conversation that has been avoided for far too long. Recent events in the national realm and those on our campus have revealed issues concerning diversity. While we may appear on the surface to be an inclusive community, we too often choose passive tolerance instead of attempting to understand and appreciate those different from ourselves. To merely tolerate is to be ignorant. To slander through a veil of anonymity violates the standards of respect that we as civil individuals must uphold.
The words and images that we share can be more influential than we perceive. What we may consider to be playful comments can be hurtful. Just as we have the ability to hurt others, we have an equal, if not greater, opportunity for kindness. If we took the time to raise the issue of identity in daily conversations and worked together to achieve greater understanding, then we could become the positive influence that our university community needs.
The individuals listed here affirm that they believe in the power of discussion and the need for understanding on our campus. If you agree, we encourage you to not only become a supporter by clicking join, but take action.
Ask questions. Listen. Understand.