Davidson College Officials Respond to Incident on Campus with Statement to Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
We are aware of racist and antisemitic graffiti found on a blackboard in an outdoor classroom that also appeared on social media. This act is threatening and an affront to the sense of community that binds us. At Davidson, all of us are called to honor the dignity and worth of every person. We value religious and racial diversity and inclusion, while we deplore racism and bigotry and advocate for a more just world.
It’s important that members of our community feel safe and supported on campus, including in parts of the campus that are open to all. Even though we know that racism and bigotry exist in our society, it is still shocking and distressing when they show up on campus in such a bold and aggressive way and with messages of violence. This violation wounds people we love and value. We all need to recognize and respect their pain. We need to speak up to defend and support them and our values as a community.
We will support the members of our community who feel targeted. Davidson College Campus Police are investigating and stepping up their presence to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion, Chaplain’s Office and Counseling teams are available to students seeking support. Employees are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Thank you for your support of each other.
Doug Hicks, President
Shelley Rigger, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Byron McCrae, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students