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September 28, 2021 - From The President's Desk

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Dear Wright State Community,

As many of you may be aware, one of our student leaders has recently expressed concerns about racial insensitivity and microaggressions on our campus. They have shared their voice because of instances that have made them uncomfortable in certain interactions at the university.

I wanted to convey a message to our campus and community stakeholders that we heard this student and reacted swiftly to address their concerns. We were intentional in our efforts to gain a better understanding and to convey a message that all students at Wright State University matter, and we are committed to cultivating an environment where everyone’s humanity is recognized, valued, celebrated, and appreciated.

Our Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and myself have had personal conversations with our student immediately after learning about their important concerns. As a result, we are having focused conversations and working with our Culture and Identity Centers to develop strategies and programming to address these and other concerns that are relative to racism, unconscious bias, microaggressions, and the like. We all know that these important topics are not unique to Wright State University and these are challenges that we face in our society at large. However, campuses like ours are places where we can have these challenging conversations so that we all may learn and grow.

Everyone in our community should feel welcome and supported. We remain committed to addressing the needs and concerns of our campus community so that each and every one of us feels valued and safe at Wright State University.

Best wishes,

Sue