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A message from Dr. Ford to the BSA Community

Dear BSA Community,

Reading the statements of Black students on the @BlackAtBSA page, brings into sharp relief the racist and thoughtless comments and actions of some staff and students.  Nobody in our community should experience this in a school devoted to developing the artistic and creative capabilities that live in all of us.

I recognize that we have not done enough to build a community for everyone and I am sorry that our students have lived through racist comments and actions.  We must do better.  I also must say that it took longer than I would have wished to bring my thoughts together for this message.  I am sorry for the delay.

BSA will engage in anti-racist training for students and staff once we begin school again at 712 Cathedral.  We will immediately begin planning this action and others to make BSA a safe and invigorating environment for everyone.

The BSA Board of Trustees will also now include a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.  A letter from Board Chair, Li-Wen Kang, with more information and dates for upcoming listening forums will follow later this week.  

I look forward to working with the Black Student Union and their advisors to make plans and envision a better BSA—for all of its students.

Sincerely,
Chris Ford  

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