Special Message from Vice President Torres regarding Residence Hall Incident

February 4, 2014 - Dorene DiNaro

Special Message from Vice President Torres:

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I am saddened to inform you that we have recently had another racially offensive incident in our Residence Halls. I would like to apologize to the members of the community who were impacted by the offensive language.  I would like to remind you that we will be taking swift disciplinary action against those involved and we will not tolerate this type of behavior in a diverse campus like UNM.

 The UNM Civil Campus Council, chaired by the Dean of Students office has planned a number of events that will address this issue beginning with one this Thursday, Feb. 6 in the SUB at noon. 

 It is even more unfortunate that this happened during February when we celebrate Black History Month.  As part of this month, African American Student Services and Africana Studies has several events planned and I encourage you to take part in celebrating the contributions and heritage of African Americans at UNM and throughout our country.  Just one final reminder that next week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, a nationally celebrated week to emphasize kindness towards one another.  I would encourage us to all be kind, civil and respectful to one another not only during this week, but always.

 At the University of New Mexico, we strive to be a conscientious and inclusive community that exercises understanding and respect for all people without any kind of distinction, such as race, ethnicity, beliefs, perspectives, (dis)ability, gender, age or orientation.  By recognizing, acknowledging and appreciating diverse perspectives and engaging them in a civil manner, we can better learn, grow and sustain a healthier educational environment while maintaining a safer and stronger community.

- UNM Civil Campus Council vision statement