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St. Thomas to hold multiple events following report of racist incident

St. Thomas to hold multiple events following report of racist incident Photo: Photo: KSTP-TV

Updated: September 12, 2019 12:16 PM

The University of St. Thomas community will hold a number of events to support students and allow discussion after a racist incident was reported at the school. 

A statement from the school said late Wednesday night, students reported finding a racist word traced in dust on a bathroom window in a residence hall. 

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University officials say they are actively investigating the incident. 


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To support the campus community, the school will host a number of events. 

In an email to staff and faculty, Yohuru Williams, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announced a "Be-in" will be held outside of the residence hall Wednesday to allow the university community to "come in an act of solidarity to reclaim that space and affirm our values as an institution committed to diversity, justice and inclusion."

The university is also offering a teach-in session, as well as listening and talking sessions. 

University of St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan issued a statement Thursday regarding the incident. 

"We're grateful the students reported this incident," Sullivan said in the statement. "We all play a part in helping to build an inclusive culture at St. Thomas. Conduct like this demeans the entire campus community and will not be tolerated. We will continue to aggressively investigate and take strong disciplinary action against individuals who are found to be involved."

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