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UL Lafayette President issues statement on racial equity, inclusivity at University

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 15:40:55-04

University of Louisiana at Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie released a statement Friday, urging "every member of the campus community to answer the call" for racial equity and social justice.

UL's Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence is now being implemented after being developed over the course of a year. The plan includes measurable actions that can "create true and lasting change in nearly every aspect of campus life," Savoie said.
Some of those actions include:

  • Creating student organizations that encourage intercultural engagement and offer professional development opportunities;
  • Enhancing student services to better meet the needs and ensure the success of underrepresented populations;
  • Reviewing institutional policies, procedures and resources that support - or, in some cases, inhibit - diversity, inclusion and equity

"To erase racial, social and educational inequities that exist on our campus, we must hold ourselves, and each other, accountable," the statement continues. "We must be willing to say what we believe, and our beliefs must be met with action."

Savoie said the University will act quickly to respond to any statements, behaviors, or actions by any current or prospective member of the UL community that don't align with their institutional values.

"We must live these principles, or else we will fail the moral obligation we have to future generations to leave the world better than how we found it. Let's get to work," Savoie concluded.

Read the full statement from Dr. Savoie here.

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