Statement on Racial Justice

The Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University wholeheartedly condemns the racist violence and oppression that has taken and damaged so many Black lives. As part of the University community, we share the resolve to abolish racism against Black people and against all people of color. It has no place in our institutions, our policies, our practices, or our behaviors.

WMU is a place where we want to affirm human dignity by treating everyone with respect. Behavior that is dehumanizing or that engenders racism or discrimination is not welcome at WMU. We acknowledge that systemic racism and inequities are real and exist in every institution. We will do our part to eliminate them from ours.

Alongside the University's College of Arts and Sciences, the Medieval Institute commits to seek peace, justice, and an end to racial discrimination. We cannot ignore the legacy of bigotry that persists to this day, and we acknowledge our own complicity in preserving systemic inequities. We must do better.