Statement from Alma College Athletics

Statement from Alma College Athletics

To our black students, faculty and staff, we see you, we hear you, and we love you. We are devastated from witnessing the tragic events that have taken place over the last week. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many more are clear examples of the injustices black people must face in this country. The attitudes, beliefs and behavior that results from these events bring about anger, sadness, frustration, and fear, among many other emotions. While we have these feelings, they likely pale in comparison to those felt by our black neighbors. The Alma College athletic department stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression that is experienced every day in America. We must work as a community to dismantle systemic racism and take the necessary actions to ensure our campus is inclusive for all.

Although as a community we have committed ourselves to racial equality in the past, it has not been enough. Moving forward, it is our responsibility to listen and learn with intent, educate others, and live by the standard exhibited by those seeking peace and justice. We must do this to ensure our community is inclusive and open-minded. In the weeks and months to follow, I will be reaching out to student-athletes, coaches, and staff to start conversations about what we can do. Our diversity and inclusion committee has begun to arrange education programming for our staff and students. Our assistant director of athletics will meet with leaders of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to establish goals for fostering equity and inclusion in athletics for the coming year. I know that I don't understand the full magnitude of what the members of our campus community who are black are feeling at this moment, but I stand with all of you. I am dedicated to listening, learning, and working towards a better tomorrow.

Sarah Dehring
Director of Athletics
dehringsm@alma.edu

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