Tuesday, the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President addressed Gonzaga community members in an email regarding stickers found on campus promoting a group called Patriot Front.

Patriot Front is a white supremacist, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist and nationalist group whose actions are not condoned by GU, the email said. 

“As a Jesuit institution, working towards greater justice and inclusion is an essential component of who we are and of how we are called to be contemplative in action,” the email said. “The Patriot Front ideology is incongruous with our mission and values of establishing and sustaining a safe, welcoming and supportive living, working and learning environment for all members of our Gonzaga community.”

The email was signed by Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Raymond Reyes, Associate Chief Diversity Officer Robin Kelley, Provost and Senior Vice President Deena González and President Thayne McCulloh.

After several students, faculty and staff noticed the stickers around campus last week, many reported it to the GU Bias Incident Assessment Support team (BIAS) and later, Campus Security and Public Safety (CSPS) found and removed the stickers. 

“These hate-motivated stickers on our campus occurred in the larger context of the exhausting demands of the pandemic and of such natural disasters as terrible wildfires and dangerous regional air quality,” the email said. “Cries continue throughout our country for racial justice, fueled by the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbry, Breonna Taylor, and the shooting of Jacob Blake, and many Black Americans injured or killed this past year.”

The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President will continue to denounce racism in all forms, the email said, and in turn, reaffirm its values and emphasize its commitment to creating a sense of belonging and community as it works towards equality and justice for all. 

“As a university community, we prioritize equity, inclusion, human dignity and diversity recognizing these as complex human differences and request a faculty, student and staff commitment to the promotion of justice and to the creation of an environment that matches our values,” the email said. 

Information regarding efforts to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive campus can be found at www.gonzaga.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion

Resources and support can be found at www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/health-well-being/health-counseling-services

Thea Skokan is a news editor.

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