In keeping with the Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts tradition, the School of Psychology educates students in the science of behavior and mental processes with sensitivity toward the diversity of all people so students may use psychological knowledge and insight to address human concerns.
Xavier University embraces and values the contribution of diverse people, inclusive of, but not limited to, race, cultural/ethnic groups, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs and practices, physical and mental challenge, and age groups. We aim to inspire, educate, and prepare our students by supporting, nurturing, and developing the attitudes, skills, and resources to competently provide caring and professional services for our diverse community with special emphasis on underserved populations.
In the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in early summer 2020, Xavier University’s president, Father Graham, condemned the event and provided historical context: “The most recent names on that line before George Floyd’s were those of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. And stretching back before Timothy Thomas, in 2001—how many exactly? Who and when? For that line extends through the mass incarceration of today to the heyday of lynching to the chattel slave system of the antebellum United States whose legacy our country has yet to outgrow. Seems in fact—too often—to be unwilling to outgrow.”
Soon after, the University initiated numerous efforts and actions specifically supporting antiracism, consistent with Xavier’s broad commitment to diversity and inclusion. A banner was placed outside Bellarmine Chapel to visibly demonstrate Xavier’s commitment to racial justice and black liberation. It declared: “Racism is a sin. Black Lives Matter.”
On January 30, 2021, unidentified persons cut this banner in half and vandalized the surrounding campus with stickers promoting the messages of an extremist group. In another recent statement, Father Graham calls us to action: “Where one banner [is] cut down, let us raise fifty more.”
Here is ours:
We, the graduate students and faculty members of the Diversity Advisory Committee in the School of Psychology at Xavier University release this statement reaffirming our commitment to foster a just and racially equitable campus community. We stand in solidarity with all Black individuals at Xavier, in Cincinnati, nationally, and internationally against hatred and anti-Black racism. We re-commit ourselves to demonstrating our institutional values of solidarity, kinship, justice, and love through our words and actions. In the face of growing division and dissension in our country, we state unequivocally:
Every Black Life Matters.
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