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Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends:

On Thursday, October 12, appalling white supremacist flyers attacking our LGBTQ+ community and racial and religious minorities were discovered in the Main Classroom Building at Cleveland State University. The flyers were immediately removed. Hate has no place in our community. It never will.

We unequivocally condemn the abhorrent message on these flyers. An attack on one group is an attack on our whole campus. We unwaveringly value our marginalized students, faculty and staff, we honor them and we will always support them. Therefore, we must come together as one to show that inclusion and respect will prevail.

We also recognize that this hateful act and the University’s inadequate initial response made many members of our diverse community of students, faculty and staff feel unsafe, unheard and unvalued.

The safety of CSU’s students, faculty and staff is the University’s highest priority. If you need any support at any time, please visit www.csuohio.edu/lgbtq. Many campus resources are available, including the new LGBTQ+ Center, the Counseling Center and the Care Team.

We also want to affirm that our community is a welcoming one. To this end, we will invest in ongoing Cultural Humility and Cultural Sensitivity education that addresses the intersectionality of race, class, sexual orientation, gender and religious issues. Additionally, the undersigned will work with CSU’s community to co-create a collaborative advisory committee that will devise a plan to address the specific concerns we have heard from you.

Meetings have already been held to start organizing this committee with key campus organizations and the broader community in Cleveland and the state of Ohio. We ask that you play an active role in this conversation. Given the broader nature of this attack, we invite representatives of all diverse groups to participate. To do so, please contact CSU Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Maurice Stinnett at 216.523.7292 or m.stinnett@csuohio.edu.

We will be transparent about our progress and provide regular updates to the community through the University's Diversity and Engagement Division website at www.csuohio.edu/engagement, and distribute updates through the University's social media channels.

Standing together as one proud CSU and the greater Cleveland community, we will emerge from this process stronger, more committed and more united than ever.

Sincerely,

Bernie Moreno

Chair
CSU Board of Trustees

Dr. Ronald M. Berkman, Ph.D.

President
Cleveland State University

Dr. Maurice A. Stinnett, Ed.D.

Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer
Cleveland State University

Dr. Boyd Yarbrough, Ed.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs and
Dean of Students
Cleveland State University

Dr. William Bowen, Ph.D.

President
CSU Faculty Senate

Aeisha Kangan

President
CSU Student Government Association

Emily F. DeBoard

President
CSU Queer Student Alliance

De’Maris Overley

Chapter Leader
CSU URGE

Logan Barno

President
Cleveland-Marshall Allies

Alana Jochum

Executive Director
Equality Ohio

Cipriano S. Beredo III

Chair
The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio Board of Directors

Peggy Zone Fisher

President and CEO
The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

Thomas Schiltz

President
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland Board of Directors

Phyllis Harris

Executive Director
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Cleveland State University

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