Swastika drawn on wall in Aggie Village
Email sent to Aggie Village housing residents on Sept. 18, 10:25 p.m.
Aggie Village Residents,
We have received a report of a swastika drawn on the wall next to a Community Coordinator’s apartment in Lodgepole. I wish I did not need to share this news with you. Our campus is already struggling with so much anger and pain. And that is even more reason to reiterate: the use of symbols of hate and violence is not acceptable in our community and causes lasting harm. Given the recent blackface incident at our university and reports of anti-Semitic behavior on the rise across the U.S., we are deeply disturbed by this latest report and we are asking the Aggie Village community to come together to support one another and help create an inclusive culture.
If you witnessed this incident or know anything about it, please contact CSUPD at 970-491-6425 or submit a report to the bias reporting website (supportandsafety.colostate.edu/incidents-of-bias).
Earlier this evening, University Housing hosted round table conversations in the halls to provide a forum to discuss racism, bias, and free speech issues at the university and we will be scheduling one at Aggie Village next week. This is just the beginning of what we hope will be an engaged process to explore and address these topics as a community as we move through this year. Similar discussions and action steps will be developed at a university level and I invite each of you to be part of the process and take an active role with individual as well as collective action to create a “No Place 4 H8.” While we cannot control the actions of individuals, we can come together as a community to work toward the culture we’d like to see at the university.
We know that this incident will impact members of our community and I encourage you to reach out to resources on campus for support:
- Student Case Management – 970-491-8051
- Hillel – 970-224-4246
- Jewish CSU (Chabad of Northern Colorado)
- Student Diversity Programs and Service offices:
- CSU Health Network spiritual care, 970-491-7121
- CSU Health Network counseling services, 970-491-6053 (during business hours); (970) 491-7111 for 24/7 and after hours assistance.
- If you are concerned about safety or mental health – your own or someone else’s – go to tellsomeone.colostate.edu.
If you have any questions or concerns please respond to this email or contact me individually. University Housing staff are here to support you in any way we can.
Helena Gardner, Director of University Housing