Hate Symbol Discovered; President Parham Reinforces Campus Core Values of Respect and Diversitycsudhbulletin November 8, 2019 0 COMMENTS
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CSUDH President Thomas Parham informed a portion the campus community this evening that a “recognized symbol that is threatening and hurtful,” was discovered this morning on campus, but used the incident as a reminder that resources and support are available for anyone adversely affected by this particular symbol, or any other expressions of hate or intolerance.
The symbol was found this morning at the entrance to the Queer Culture & Resource Center, Parham wrote. University police were quickly alerted and are investigating.
Here is a copy of the entire email, which was sent at 5:06 p.m. from the Office of the President:
“Among CSUDH’s core values is respect for diversity in all its forms. Sadly, I write this afternoon because that core value has been challenged.
This morning, a recognized symbol that is threatening and harmful was discovered at the entrance to our Queer Culture & Resource Center. University Police were immediately alerted and there is an investigation underway. If you have any information about today’s incident, please contact the University Police Department at (310) 243-3333.
While I am deeply concerned that displays of hate and bias would occur on this campus, I am more concerned by the impact such displays have on those who encounter them. In light of today’s incident, I wish to specifically reaffirm support of our LGBTQIA+ community. You should never have to question that you belong here or that this campus isn’t a safe space for you to be who you are. Let me be clear, bigotry, and attempts to assault people’s humanity has no place at CSUDH. We are an inclusive campus that is welcoming to everyone.
I am heartened by the fact that just last year there was overwhelming campus support for the opening of the Queer Culture & Resource Center, and that sentiment is a better representation of the culture of our campus and not a single incident of insensitivity.
Lastly, as a reminder:
Should students impacted by this experience need help, CSUDH Student Health and Psychological Services is available with necessary confidential support services and resources. Stop by the Health Center or call (310) 243-3629. The staff at the Queer Culture & Resource Center are also available.
We encourage all members of our community to report discrimination, harassment, or retaliation to the CSUDH Title IX Office. To do so, please fill out the online form (found at www.csudh.edu/gei/make-report ) or call (310) 243-1025.
Student conduct incidents can be reported to CSUDH’s Student Conduct Office or call (310) 243-2801.