Letter: Black Professionals at Emory Stand with Students

The Wheel received this letter from Arthur Doctor, Assistant Director at the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, who said that it was written after a meeting held by Black Professionals within the Division of Campus Life. The list will continue to grow as it reaches more Black professionals. 

 

We, the Black Professionals of Emory University,

In solidarity with Black students at Emory University, convened on November 19, 2015, to examine the consistent multidimensional inequalities Black students experience on campus and in society. As a collective, we value coalition building in movements and understand the exhaustive nature of forms of progress needed to dismantle the cycle of oppression for the Black community. We want you all to know that we see you; we hear you; we feel you. Beyond that, we seek to co-construct a plan of action to resolve structural and institutional flaws at Emory University.

We, too, wear the mask. We have silenced our voices in moments where we could have cried out. We have adjusted our language and tone in an effort to be heard. We have stood idle when you needed our support out of fear of potential repercussions. We admire and are inspired by your courage, strength and boldness to evoke a much needed change.

As employees of a university that strives for excellence, we must not be content with acceptance and tolerance. Understanding the importance of action-oriented care, we are committed to supporting you, organizing with you and fearlessly advocating for you.

Yours in community,

Courtney Jones-Stevens, Center for Community Engagement and Leadership

Courtnay Oddman, Residence Life

Des’mon Taylor, Residence Life

Arthur E. Doctor Jr., Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life

Natasha Hopkins, Center for Community Engagement and Leadership

Troizel Carr, Residence Life, Office of Health Promotion, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Adrienne Slaughter , Office of Student Success Programs and Services

Pamela Epps, Emory Counseling and Psychological Services

Paula Scotman, Finance Service Center

Andrea Grant, Office of Multicultural Programs and Services

Bevin S. Carpenter, Center for Community Engagement & Leadership

Janelle Lopp, Residence Life

James Roland, Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education

Edith Simms, The Career Center

Brenda Robinson, Housing Operations

Rhonda Thompson, Center for Community Engagement & Leadership

Mildred Davis-Echols, The Career Center

Tricia Worrell, Campus Life Finance Service Center

Lillian Coleman, Emory Dining

Latoya Anderson-Reeves, School of Law

Felecia Hines-Carpenter, ECAS- Business Operations

Kalesha Hicks, The Career Center

Malcolm Robinson, The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services; Center for Community Engagement and Leadership

Raphael Coleman, Office of Health Promotion

Wanda Swan, Office of Health Promotion, The Respect Program

Mahlet Endale, Emory Counseling and Psychological Services

Carlton Mackey , Center for Ethics

Kayla Hamilton , Residence Life

Ed Lee, Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education

Marlon Gibson, Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life

Carla Sanders, Center for Community Engagement and Leadership

Asti Magby, Campus Life Finance Service Center

Thandi Chase, Emory Counseling and Psychological Services

Nichelle Frye, Office of Student Conduct, Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life

Kayla Tyson-Young, Dobbs University Center

Brian Cornelius II, Dobbs University Center/ Meeting Services

Phillis Bryant, Campus Life Finance Center

Patricia Taylor, Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, Center for Community and Diversity

John Baker Brown Jr., Emory Campus Life Communications

Arie Smith, Conference Services

Chanel Tanner, Center for Women at Emory

Barbara S. Coble, PhD, Center for Community Engagement and Leadership

Leisa Stafford, Office of Student Support Services and Programs

La Shanda Perryman, ECAS-Department of African American Studies

Barbara Johnson, Counseling and Psychological Services

Erna Wilkerson, Campus Life Finance Center

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