Opinion | SOL’s statement on inclusivity and community

SOL has always worked to establish an inclusive environment that is welcome to everyone. We along with other student organizations have all worked together to educate our community about our respective cultures, and to try to bring unity through understanding. We are dedicated to bringing our community together. This is why we were disheartened to learn about the disruption that took place during a Black History Month poetry event (hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated).  

Sharing literature is a fantastic way to connect us to each other and gain an understanding about diverse ways of life. That anyone would commit such an act during this poetry reading is reprehensible and disappointing. This may have been targeted at a Black History Month event, but it affects all of us and disrupts our community. SOL has always and will always stand with our brothers and sisters in creating a better, more united campus. We do not in any way condone or stand for such hateful acts. It is up to all of us in this community to show respect to those around us and make this an environment free of racism and hatred. 

We are all part of the same community, and during such a divisive time it is more important than ever to stand united. These events reflect the worst among us, so it is up to the rest of us to reflect the best that this community has to offer. Our hearts go out to those affected by these individuals, and we hope they can continue to move forward alongside us with a vision of a better community. We must always strive to do better, to be better, for ourselves as much as for our community.


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