To the Latinx Community at the University of Michigan,
As many of you know, an incident occurred near our campus yesterday where a racist statement, directed toward Latinos, was written on the Rock.
First and foremost, I’m sorry for the pain and anger that has occurred by this expression of hate. These actions do not represent our University and have no place in our community. I personally denounce the incident and the individual(s) who painted this hateful message.
Although it appears this message was in response to the work of the U-M student organization ALMA (Assisting Latinos to Maximize Achievement) and their efforts in building a welcoming and supportive community for Latinx students, faculty, and staff – we will not let it overshadow these extraordinary efforts.
While the incident is despicable and disappointing, it will not impact my, or my office’s efforts in continuing to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive University community, one where all members, including our Latinx community, have an opportunity to reach their absolute potential.
Our unwavering commitment to these efforts signifies our unity in achieving our mission and goals, as well as our resistance towards messages of hate. I hope each of you will take a similar position.
While you have persevered through far greater obstacles, please take comfort in knowing this is your University, which includes a community of individuals who support you.
Dr. Robert Sellers
Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer