May 29, 2020

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Members of the SIU Community,

A social media post is circulating showing a recent SIU graduate making highly offensive, racially insensitive and inflammatory comments. This individual is a former student athlete who is no longer enrolled, but that does not diminish the pain his words have caused members of our community who deserve our respect and support. We condemn the individual’s extremely hateful comments, which are in direct opposition to our values as an institution.

Diversity and inclusion are embedded in our mission. We urge all members of our community to model our values and demonstrate respect for others. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to oppose racism through education and constructive action. We will continue to focus on creating a welcoming, inclusive culture and take all necessary steps to evaluate and improve what we do.

Sadly, every day we see new evidence that we have a long way to go to address equity and injustice as a country, and each of us – including the university -- must do our part.

Please help us be part of the solution.

John M. Dunn