On Friday following the Gonzaga Bulletin’s report on racially inappropriate photos in College’s Hall Rogues Gallery, Chief Diversity Officer Robin Kelley sent an email to all undergraduate students, faculty and staff announcing the official removal of the photos from the gallery.
Kelley stated that the photos had been under investigation in prior years and the Bulletin’s story was partly responsible for its recent removal.
While the photos are still available in Gonzaga’s digital archive, the physical photos have been replaced with messages explaining the history of the gallery and GU’s ongoing investigation into its publicly displayed images.
“Our intention is not to erase history or the past,” Kelley said in the email. “Indeed, we must learn from it. Importantly, we must ensure that people who may encounter this gallery understand and respect the values that Gonzaga University holds today.”
The email concluded with Kelley saying that in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the university will continue to evaluate its displays and remove any materials that don’t align with contemporary standards and its current mission statement.