To F&M Campus Community:
As I drive up to Franklin & Marshall every day, I am beginning to see and understand our campus community. It feels like I am entering a neighborhood of folks who are welcoming, and who want a safe and more inclusive campus. Many of you will remember that last year, the College implemented a Bias Incident Response Team and an online bias reporting form to create a way for members of our community to address circumstances where they may feel a bias or discriminatory incident has occurred.
As our work progresses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, we have enhanced our mechanism for responding to and reporting unsafe or biased situations you may experience or witness. Bias-related misconduct may include speech acts such as slurs, invective, racial epithets, images (including social media) that discriminate, demean, harass, intimidate, or threaten individuals or groups of people.
This year we have updated the reporting process, described on this site, which is coordinated by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our Bias Incident Report Team (BIRT) – which includes professional staff and students – has been trained on handling bias related incidents and will continue training throughout this year.
As we move into the last four weeks of the fall term, let us continue to watch over each other, being mindful to wear masks, practice social distancing, while offering kindness and respect with one another.
Gretchel Hathaway, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
And BIRT members:
Meredith Bielaska, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Student Engagement
Xay ChongTua, Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs
Melanie DeSantis, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Lina Ospina, Director of the Office of the Provost and Academic Budgets
Kate Snider, Title IX Coordinator