To Black Students, Faculty and Staff at Auburn University:
We are currently living in unprecedented times, particularly here in the United States of America. With the onset of a global pandemic, greater racial and economic division, and greater awareness of the importance of Black life from the highly publicized death of George Floyd to the injustice highlighted by the death of Breonna Taylor. We, Black Alumni of Auburn University, are concerned about the impact these events may have on you and your families.
Prior to the above mentioned tipping points, we for some time have noticed several troubling areas of concern on campus. We have been tracking a troubling downward trend in the areas of enrollment of Black students, recruitment and retention of Black faculty and staff, and access to scholarships with emphasis towards need base. These areas in general impact what we call Campus Culture. Your ability to function and be at your best in an environment that does not look like you or allow for you to feel comfortable in a classroom setting or work environment is of major concern to us. You may not feel you have the support you need, particularly from administration and professors who may not look like you, or encourage you during difficult and stressful times.
We want to assure you that we are diligently trying to address your matters.
Decatur, Georgia resident