Stand together and work for change.
Systemic racism cannot continue.
At Ohio Wesleyan University we are committed to doing all we can do to address issues of racial disparity on our campus, in our nation, and throughout our world.
We are outraged at the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others. It is vitally important for us to acknowledge to one another and to the larger community that Black Lives Matter. The pain of some and the privilege of others is not acceptable. It is time for us to channel our outrage into action. Bigotry, oppression, and hatred must be replaced with understanding, kindness, and love.
We pledge to work tirelessly to prepare students to become engaged citizens and leaders who support equity, diversity, and inclusion for Black, African American, Latinx, indigenous, and other marginalized populations wherever injustice exists. We need to come together to learn each other’s cultures, understand each other’s fundamental needs and motivations, and evolve as a society into a community that recognizes the value of our differences and the potential for good that abides in our common humanity.
We recognize that these actions must include work to create meaningful and immediate change at OWU. For many years, we have supported diversity, equity, and inclusion in our declarations and documents; we must act more deeply and decisively in ways that lead to systemic change. Indeed, we must acknowledge the pain suffered by our Black students and students of color – today and in years past – as they have encountered and lived with racism on our campus.
We must act vigorously and immediately to end racism in every facet of university life.
Beginning immediately, we are launching an antiracism action plan to help provide the type of welcoming, accepting, and just environment that we want to epitomize the Ohio Wesleyan experience.
Systemic racism cannot continue. And together, we can help to ensure that it does not continue.
OWU Announces Antiracism Actions
In a June 16, 2020, statement to the Ohio Wesleyan University community, President Rock Jones announced the first set of actions in a new initiative to support diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus in ways intended to “create meaningful and immediate change.”
The initiative focuses on four areas: structure and policies, teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining students and employees, and campus climate. Further actions will be announced in the near future.”
Antiracism Statements from the OWU Community