Sequence of Events

  • October 2016–April 2017: Nine incidents of racist messages
  • April 24, 2017: Students protested with signs on the doors of Buntrock Commons and inside the building
  • April 27, 2017: Faculty/Student Teach-In, Faculty/Staff Inclusion Event
  • April 29, 2017: Students staged a sit-in in Buntrock Commons
  • May 1, 2017: Students staged a sit-in in Tomson Hall. They provided terms of engagement and a list of demands. After negotiations, President Anderson and his leadership team agreed on the terms of engagement and the appointment of an autonomous task force.
  • May 4, 2017: The board unanimously approved a resolution demonstrating its support for the initiatives and measures taken by college leadership to confront these issues. Members also met with the Collective for Change on the Hill and presented the resolution.
  • May 10, 2017: President Anderson updated the campus community about the investigation, reporting that the perpetrator of the incident that occurred on April 29 confessed and that the college is still pursuing its investigation into the other incidents on campus.
  • May 19, 2017: President Anderson and his leadership team publicly shared their response to the demands presented by the Collective for Change on the Hill.
  • May 22, 2017: President Anderson announced the membership of the Task Force to Review the Demands from the Collective.
  • June–August 2017: The Task Force held regular meetings.
  • August 30, 2017: President Anderson sent an email to the entire campus community to provide an update on steps the college is taking toward the goal of creating and sustaining a welcoming, inclusive, bias-free environment. This includes training for faculty, staff, and students; an updated procedure for bias incident reporting; and the launch of the new To Include is To Excel project.
  • August 31, 2017: An all faculty and staff Sustained Dialogue session was led by Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Managing Director Rhonda Fitzgerald. This was followed by facilitated small group discussions.
  • September 3, 2017: The Task Force released its report, which includes a recommendation to form a Title VI Working Group.
  • September 6, 2017: The President’s Leadership Team issued a response to the Task Force report and committed to establishing a Working Group.
  • September 21, 2017: Implicit bias training was held for faculty and staff members. It was led by Anne Phibbs, formerly the director of education for the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota and now the founder and president of Strategic Diversity Initiatives.
  • September 25, 2017: President Anderson announced the appointment of a Working Group on Equity and Inclusion.
  • October 11, 2017: The co-chairs of the Working Group on Equity and Inclusion, Glenn Taylor ’73 and Phil Milne ’81, sent an email to the entire campus community providing an update on their work.

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