Meeting, training scheduled at St. Thomas Wednesday after racist incident

President: "a visible kickoff" to the university's "commitment to action"

Sloane Martin
October 31, 2018 - 6:29 am

Classes are cancelled Wednesday afternoon at the University of St. Thomas to address a recent racist incident on campus.

School president Dr. Julie Sullivan said the racist message left on a freshman student's dorm room door "is not the first time our campus has experienced a racist act." In a letter to the school community, she calls today, "a visible kickoff" to the university's "commitment to action and a critical step in boldly addressing systemic racism and hate in our community."

Wednesday starting at 1 p.m., a campus-wide meeting is scheduled at the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (AARC). Classes are cancelled so as many students, faculty and staff as possible can attend. That will be followed by employee education and training.

Students led a sit-in last week to bring attention to racism on the St. Paul campus.

The university's "Action Plan to Combat Racism" includes bias incident and hate crime reporting, a campus external assessment, trauma resources, and an anti-hate campaign.