On February 16th, I opened my email to see the best written response to hate messaging I have seen in almost 6 years at this university.

Here are the key points:

1: The Message is specific. We know exactly what happened.

2: It specifically identifies the behavior, and the individuals that support it as being unwanted within our community.

3: University activities to correct the situation and support affected students is mentioned directly.

4: The core values are mentioned “tolerance, diversity and excellence”

5: It is signed by a specific person in their official capacity, who has taken ownership of the issue. This indicates that they are leading by example toward building a culture of tolerance, diversity and excellence.

Thank you, Scott Walter.

I look forward to seeing your response when international students are put upon again in the future.

swastika response