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Standing Against Racism

June 03, 2020

Dear Carthage students, faculty, and staff:

I have been notified of an alleged racist post on social media made by a member of our community. I want to share with you that my administrative team is addressing this incident.

At a time when racial tensions around the country are at a fever pitch, I am committing to all of you that among the very highest priorities for Carthage is addressing issues of racism on this campus. The experiences of our students of color and, in particular, those of our Black students, are ones we must acknowledge fully. Much like the country at this time, we have hard truths to face as a community.

Kimberlie Goldsberry, Vice President for Student Affairs, will follow up this message with more details to inform our community of processes we have put into place in the last year to address bias incidents directly when they occur.

I will be convening the President’s Advisory Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, made up of faculty, staff and students, to review the results of our initiatives this past year and strategize on the new initiatives for the year to come. Key among our goals must be education toward a greater comprehension of the reality of race in our history and society.

To meet the needs of the world, Carthaginians must develop and possess a full understanding of how our society has been shaped by race, so they may go into a world ready to create communities where race is no longer a barrier. And, most importantly, we need our community to demonstrate this understanding in supporting the everyday lived experiences of our Black students and other marginalized students on our campus.

John Swallow
President