UMass reports increase in anti-black racist incidents on campus



A senior official at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst reports a “worrying increase” in anti-black racist incidents on campus. In a message to the campus community, Dr Nefertiti A. Walker, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, said the racist incidents targeted all African American and black students. Walker said an email sent to many black-centric student groups contained “vile, blatantly racist and violently offensive” content. The A Girl Has No President Instagram account shared screenshots of what appears to be the email Walker referred to in his post. online forms from registered student organizations. Walker also reported on an incident in which one person shouted a racist epithet at a group of black college students as they drove past them. “All of these anti-black racist acts are in stark contrast to what we strive to be, which is a campus where all students are welcomed and feel a strong sense of belonging,” said Walker, who is also the head of the diversity of the school. “We condemn all acts of anti-black racism and will endeavor to diminish their intention to harm black students on campus.” Walker said the UMass Police Department is working with the UMass’s IT department to uncover the identity of the person who sent the racist emails. According to Walker, school officials are taking the following steps to support black students affected and targeted by e-mails: administrators from several campus units monitored and connected students to campus resources Student affairs and campus life administrators performed their duty hours s to give affected students a space for dialogue and support.All affected students received emails, calls and contacts from leaders within administration in several campus units to discuss, receive support and create healing opportunities. Staff working with targeted student groups have been updated and provided guidance on how to support affected students. in solidarity and in support of our black students, and in opposition to any anti-black racism. Please continue to report these heinous acts, even if the act is not directed at you, ”Walker said. “The active engagement of spectators is important to eradicate racism on our campus. Once the incident is reported, it is processed and managed in collaboration with campus management. UMass Amherst students who have experienced or witnessed biased activity can seek help and be referred to the Dean of Students through the Student Support Request and Online Orientation. There are also additional support resources for anyone affected by anti-black racism on campus, which you can find by clicking on this link.

A senior official at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst reports a “worrying increase” in anti-black racist incidents on campus.

In a message to the campus community, Dr Nefertiti A. Walker, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, said the racist incidents targeted all African American and black students.

Walker said an email sent to many black-centric student groups contained “vile, blatantly racist and violently offensive” content.

Instagram account A Girl Has No President shared screenshots of what appears to be the email Walker referred to in his post.

Additionally, Walker said other acts of anti-black hatred have been imposed on the UMass Amherst community through the online “Contact Us” forms of registered student organizations.

Walker also reported on an incident in which a person shouted a racist epithet at a group of black college students as they walked past them.

“All of these anti-black racist acts are in stark contrast to what we are striving to be, which is a campus where all students are welcomed and feel a strong sense of belonging,” he added. said Walker, who is also the school’s diversity manager. “We condemn all acts of anti-black racism and will do our utmost to diminish their intent to harm black students on campus.”

Walker said the UMass Police Department is working with the UMass Information Technology Department to uncover the identity of the person who sent the racist emails.

According to Walker, school officials are taking the following steps to support black students affected and targeted by emails:

  • Administrators from several campus units tracked and connected students to campus resources
  • The Student Affairs and Campus Life Administrators organized dedicated office hours to give affected students a space to come together, dialogue and support each other.
  • All affected students received emails, calls and contacts from leaders within administration in several units on campus to discuss, receive support and create healing opportunities.
  • Staff working with targeted student groups were updated and provided guidance on how to support affected students.

“We stand in solidarity with and support our black students, and we oppose all anti-black racism. Please continue to report these heinous acts, even if the act is not directed at you,” Walker said. “The active engagement of spectators is important to eradicate racism on our campus.”

Incidents of bias at UMass Amherst should be reported through the Equity and Inclusion Office. Once the incident is reported, it is processed and managed in collaboration with campus management.

UMass Amherst students who have experienced or witnessed biased activity can seek help and be referred to the Dean of Students office through the Student support request and referral online form. There are also additional support resources for anyone affected by anti-black racism on campus, which can be found by clicking on this link.



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