SACUA approves statement in support of Latinx community


In light of recent anti-Latinx graffiti on a University of Michigan landmark, the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on Monday approved a resolution affirming its support for Latinx members of the university community.

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SACUA’s resolution states that “our collective commitment to equity, inclusion and mutual respect extends to members of all ethnic communities.”

More than a week ago, a hateful statement directed toward the Latinx community was discovered on the Rock near Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street.

“We call on all members of the University of Michigan to unequivocally oppose and condemn all attempts to discriminate against, marginalize, or denigrate students, faculty, and staff on the basis of national origin or ethnic belonging,” the resolution says.

SACUA is the nine-member executive arm of the university’s central faculty governance system. Chair Robert Ortega said the resolution would be presented to the Senate Assembly for its consideration.

SACUA members Michael Atzmon and Stefan Szymanski voted against the resolution, saying its scope should be more inclusive of other identities and community members. William Schultz, SACUA and Senate Assembly immediate past chair, abstained.


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