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Statements from President Crow

Our community of respect and inclusion

October 27, 2020

Dear ASU Community:

In our ongoing efforts to strengthen the ASU community in a time of rising tensions and ideological divide, I want to take a moment to remind everyone to look out for each other in these challenging times in our thoughts, in our speech and in our actions. 

The present nature of the national public discourse has given rise to a range of insidious activities across the country often times orchestrated by national organizations whose intent is to provoke, incite, agitate or inflame on college campuses and elsewhere. ASU is no exception. We endeavor to remain vigilant and proactive in stamping out behavior that threatens the health and well-being of our community.

To be clear, ASU condemns behaviors and actions that threaten or intimidate any individual or group of individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, veteran status, or any other particular status. 

We are a community committed to inclusion and anti-discrimination and now, more than ever, we must act to defend those values. I encourage everyone to support each other as allies of ASU’s diverse community. If you see something or experience something that is inconsistent with the core values of the University, say something. 

ASU asserts the right of every individual to live in dignity, free from discrimination of any kind. To these points, the University offers a number of resources for faculty, staff and students to help protect our community from occurrences to the contrary —  ASU Police Department, the Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement and ASU Counseling Services among others. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these resources and reach out to us as necessary. They exist to support a culture of safety and security at ASU.

As stated in our charter, ASU is measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed. We also take fundamental responsibility for the overall health of the communities we serve. Thank you for joining us in doing this work. 

Michael M. Crow
Arizona State University