Students in Yolanda Lehman's Race in America class are managing a Facebook page that discusses our campus response to the March 30, 2009, hate-speech incident in Stewart Hall. The open-group page is called the We Are One SCSU Student Resistance Movement.
Whereas: Racist graffiti was found on a poster honoring the work of Dorothy Height, March 30th, 2009;
Whereas: Dorothy Height is chair and president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women and a lifelong civil rights activist;
Whereas: St. Cloud State University endeavors to embrace diversity in all its many forms on campus, as well as in the community;
Whereas: Students of St. Cloud State University responded proactively as a community to combat this incident of discrimination by speaking out in opposition to this occurrence;
Therefore, Be It Resolved: St. Cloud State Student Government Association denounces and condemns such actions on and off campus;
Therefore, Be It Further Resolved: St. Cloud State University Student Government Association regrets the actions and any discomfort or hardship this may have caused;
Therefore, Be It Further Resolved: St. Cloud State Student Government Association cordially invites Dorothy Height to the campus of Saint Cloud State University.
This Web site is one communication tool intended to facilitate education and awareness of hate crime issues and support students and others who have been victimized by these incidents on our campus.
Up-to-date announcements about upcoming events and activities planned by campus student, faculty and staff leaders will be included on this site, as well as links to support services available.
Those who have been targeted by these assaults against our campus community will continue to have the full support of the university as we seek out the perpetrators of these crimes and work to make this a safer, more welcoming community for all.
-- Earl H. Potter III
Please call Public Safety at (320) 308-3333 if you have information that may assist in the investigations. You are also encouraged to report any potentially relevant information to the St. Cloud Police Department: "911" for emergencies, (320) 251-1200 for non-emergencies.
The Safe Campus Hotline is (320) 308-2000. It allows individuals who witness or have information about hate crimes, bias-motivated incidents or other crimes against the university community to report them. It also offers support and/or resources to those who have been personally affected by these events.
Callers may leave messages anonymously or may leave their name and number. Individuals whose security is at immediate risk are still encouraged to call 911 or contact Public Safety at (320) 308-3333.
The line will be monitored by Office of Student Life and Development staff.
The Residence Hall Association has pledged $1,000 to the Anti-Hate Reward Fund.
The donation is part of the RHA’s “No Hate Campaign,” an ongoing program series that strives to achieve an environment in each residential community where expressions of bigotry and hatred will not be tolerated.
Those seeking a tangible way to encourage identification and prosecution of perpetrators may send contributions to:
Anti-Hate Reward Fund
720 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498