All members of the campus and Fort Collins community are encouraged to come together Thursday, March 29, at 3:00 pm to make a statement in support of CSU’s community principles and against acts of hate and intimidation that have taken place on campus this academic year.
CSUnite is a walk and community gathering to demonstrate that Rams Take Care of Rams and CSU is No Place for Hate. It will begin at Newton’s Corner – the large sculpture at the intersection of Pitkin and Center, just south of the Behavioral Sciences Building – with opening remarks, followed by a short solidarity walk to the Lory Student Center Plaza and a brief program.
“CSUnite is a chance for our community to stand together in support of what we value and against hate – with the ultimate goal of inspiring learning and action for real change,” said CSU President Tony Frank.
In a message to the entire campus community earlier this month, Frank explained that the University has chosen to be transparent about a number of incidents on campus, such as the appearance of racist and sexist graffiti and white supremacist groups distributing literature and attempting to recruit students. But letting the campus know such incidents are occurring isn’t enough, he said.
“Through CSUnite, we are acknowledging that while we cannot prevent such acts, we can be united and we can refuse to be silent in response,” Frank wrote. “We all have a role, an opportunity, and responsibility to confront acts of hate and discriminatory bias when they occur.
“In participating in this walk and gathering together, we reach across whatever divides us and accept our responsibility to uphold one another, to be alongside those who have been personally harmed or targeted by acts of hate and bias, and to acknowledge the harm such acts cause to all of us as members of this community,” he added. “What affects one of us, affects all of us.