Dear ESF Community,

ESF continues to remain committed to providing members of our community with accurate and reliable information regarding racist and bias incidents on the hill. 

Syracuse University reported an incident of bias on the Syracuse University website. According to the SU website, "On Friday, September 4, while sorting and preparing mail for distribution in Day Hall, a student worker discovered an anti-Black racial slur written on a package. At this time, we do not know if a member of our community is responsible for the writing on the package or if it was delivered to campus that way. An investigation is underway to identify the perpetrator of this racist, bias-motivated act. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reviewing CCTV footage. At this time, there is no additional information." 
 
ESF has zero tolerance for incidents of bias, racism, and hate to ensure our entire campus community can live, study and work in an inclusive and safe environment. If you have questions or information about this incident, contact University Police at 315-470-6667. ESF is committed to continuing our campus dialogues on race and inclusion.
 
Our long-term response to any incidence of bias and discrimination remains intact and progress updates are forthcoming. As a reminder, ESF's bias reporting system provides ESF students, staff, and faculty with an avenue to report incidents of bias, bigotry, or hate that occur on our campus or in off-campus settings that impact ESF. Access and report at https://www.esf.edu/ide/bias.htm.
 
Students who would like to talk are invited to call ESF Counseling Services at 315-470-4716. For staff and faculty, support is available through the Employee Assistance Program coordinated by Nan Clark (nfclark@esf.edu, 315-470-6726).
 
The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (OIDE) is also available for resources. Questions related to a bias incident can be directed to Rebecca Hoda-Kearse (OIDE), Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Officer rahodake@esf.edu. Dr. Lizette Rivera (OIDE), the Director of Student Inclusion Initiatives and Special Assistant to the CDO is also available to provide community support, resources and opportunities to process the incident. Dr. Rivera can be reached at lrivera@esf.edu. OIDE social media can also be accessed for additional resources: Facebook: esfdiversity Instagram: esfdiversity
 
As a campus community, we must remain diligent and responsible to collectively reporting incidents of bias. The ESF Resilient Oaks app also provides information and resources for our campus community. The app can be downloaded on android and apple devices.  Anonymous, anti-bias reporting can be done by clicking https://www.esf.edu/ide/bias.htm.

Thank you,
Office of Communications