Racial epithets “antithetical” to UF mission

Janine Sikes, Assistant VP of Public Affairs
February 10, 2017

We are disturbed and disheartened to learn someone scrawled racist epithets on several whiteboards in Anderson Hall. The hateful messages were found this morning when students and custodial staff entered the classrooms. 

Statements and symbols of hate that hurt and disparage others are antithetical to our mission of creating a welcoming campus for all. Messages aimed at excluding people from university programs based on race or religion are discriminatory and have no place in our classrooms. We strive to build an environment that supports and encourages students to learn from each other and grow.

We value the many backgrounds represented on our campus, and together, we can make the University of Florida a more supportive and caring place.