Campus engages in national discussion surrounding racism, police brutality

Following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and more, discussions of police brutality, white supremacy and racism have been happening across the country. The racial disparities affecting Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) populations during the pandemic have also spurred dialogue on the intersections of public health and racism.

As conversations take place nationally and globally, students, faculty and alumni of St. Olaf College have begun to speak out against the white supremacy that plagues the globe and, more specifically, the St. Olaf community. BIPOC students have called for more action from administration against racism on campus, voicing student concerns over the administration’s performative activism while not implementing actual change on campus.

Posters, artwork and emails supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and advocating for change have been visible following the “7 Feet for 7 Shots” march in September.

The Messenger has compiled statements made by student organizations, academic departments, alumni, the President’s Leadership Team and more to document this moment in history. This resource will be updated as more statements come out. Visit the Messenger’s website for more detail.