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Dr. Vincent: No Place for Racist Rhetoric

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Dear DDCE Community,

On Monday morning, it was brought to the university’s attention that disgraceful and racist flyers were posted in the Cockrell School of Engineering as well as the Student Activity Center. These flyers have been removed.

The flyers made grossly inaccurate and inflammatory assertions about our Chinese and Chinese American students. As we have stated previously, our campus has no place for speech that targets individuals or groups based on religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender expression. We are a campus which welcomes and celebrates all dimensions of diversity.

This type of speech only serves only to divide us. Like those earlier this semester which threatened the safety of our Muslim, immigrant and Latino students, these anonymous posters are inconsistent with our campus values and are counterproductive to true campus dialogue.

The incident has been referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for investigation, in accordance with the recently issued Hate and Bias Incident Policy. If you encounter any posters or flyers which call for the denigration of any member of our campus community, witness incidents involving verbal harassment based on someone’s identity or background or are subject to such harassment yourself, please report the incident to the Campus Climate Response Team.

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership
Professor of Law