The American University alumni community is deeply disappointed and disheartened by the recent events on campus. This racist and bigoted behavior stands in direct contradiction to AU’s history, mission, and vision. Most importantly, we know this behavior is diametrically opposed to the shared values and culture of our alma mater. We write today to reiterate that we stand as allies and in solidarity with all students of color at American University, and particularly with the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Words alone will not solve the issues that adversely affect our campus. A situation like this one demands action on our part. As alumni leaders, we have each committed to heightening our service and visibility so that all students know they are part of a larger family supportive of inclusion and diversity, both now, and once the new academic year begins in the Fall. We will be more out front and upfront in combating racism in all of its forms and championing an inclusive campus. Please join us.
Now is the time for all alumni to reconnect with AU. Please be a part of this crucial effort. Let us know how you want to make an impact. We want to hear from you; Our students need to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us lead the way and be exemplars for future generations.
Bradley White, Chair, American University Black Alumni Alliance, SPA/BA '99, WCL/JD '07
Joe Vidulich, President, American University Alumni Board, SPA/BA '08