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Letter to faculty from Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Clark

7:58 a.m., September 27, 2017

Dear colleagues,

I am very sorry to be writing to share with you that there were at least ten confederate flag posters with cotton attached posted on campus last night in MGC, McKinley, and Battelle. This coincided with Professor Ibram Kendi's presentation of a "Vision for Equality," and introduction to the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center. We are investigating this racist incident now, and I wanted to be sure to alert you to it.

Below, please find Vice President for Campus Life Fanta Aw's statement from last night upon the discovery of the posters:

This evening, ten confederate flag posters with cotton attached to them were reported in three locations on campus - Battelle, McKinley and Mary Graydon Center. AU Police and the Office of Campus Life are investigating and we will notify the community when more information is known.

We are well aware this act occurred the same evening Dr. Ibram Kendi presented "A Vision for Equality," an introduction to the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. AU is committed to the vision of the Center and Dr. Kendi's work and we will not be deterred by this cowardly attempt at intimidation. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Public Safety at 202-885-2527.

I will share further information with you as it is learned. We stand united against racism on our campus.

With best regards,
Mary