Leadership Message on Incidents in Webster Groves Community

Sep. 6, 2020

Leadership Message on Incidents in Webster Groves Community 

To the Webster University community:

On behalf of our diverse community at Webster University we want to express our concern about the series of inflammatory incidents in Webster Groves this past week, including: defacing the property of various churches with hateful and racist content; similar vandalism at a city park; and anonymous notes sent to homeowners regarding Black Lives Matter signs. These incidents were clearly aimed at creating racial divisions. We have reached out to city officials to express our support during this challenging time. Mayor Gerry Welch has issued statements to the media, and we will be encouraging the city to take other appropriate action to support people of color in Webster Groves and for those who openly support the commitment to Black Lives Matter. Members of the University’s community have expressed to us their pain and distress over these incidents and the University will be providing the necessary assistance to support them during this time of strife. We stand with the members of our community who are distressed over these incidents. Black Lives Matter.

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble
Chancellor

Julian Z. Schuster
President

Vincent C. Flewellen
Chief Diversity Officer

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