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After the events in Charlottesville, we are concerned for the well-being of our campus community. We are committed to maintaining a campus that is inclusive, respectful, and advances understanding and equality. CSU Student Affairs affirms the statement of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), of which CSU is a member.
APLU Statement Strongly Condemning Hate Groups
Washington, DC – Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McPherson today released the following statement strongly condemning hate groups, including those that target public university campuses.
“We strongly condemn white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and other hate groups that aim to advance their warped worldview through racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic rhetoric and actions. Sadly, these fringe groups – whose odious views are rooted in demeaning lies and false stereotypes – still find followers in the dark recesses of society.
“Precisely because public universities are and always must remain committed to free speech, hate groups have aimed to turn campuses into flashpoints. What’s more, public universities have a large number of students who may well protest hate speech. Hate groups know their demonstrations, including violent ones, can and do spark a spectacle and ultimately draw attention to their hateful views.
“Still, we must denounce their hateful rhetoric. The First Amendment is not just a right. It’s also a responsibility. We must speak out against evil, hateful beliefs through free speech of our own that advances the shared American value of equality. The struggle against hate will only be won through education and public understanding.”
The Division of University Engagement oversees three distinct yet interdependent outreach functions at Cleveland State University that equip students for these public roles: civic engagement, workplace engagement and inclusion and multicultural engagement. All three areas reinforce CSU's unique contribution to Greater Cleveland – its civic well-being, economic vitality and diverse culture – and are central to the University's commitment to develop students through "Engaged Learning."
Civic Engagement involves the various partnerships that students, faculty, staff and administrators have with organizations and institutions throughout the region that are mutually beneficial to student learning, academic scholarship and community well-being.
Workplace engagement includes the reciprocal relationship between the University's students, faculty and employers from the private, non-profit and public sectors that ensure students' successful careers and the region's economic stability. This includes internships, cooperative learning arrangements and other types of experiential learning.
Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement encompass CSU's commitment to advancing diversity and equity in all its affairs, providing opportunities for all students to be successful and celebrating the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the campus community.