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Latest Updates, Racist Vandalism Incidents

Ongoing updates and information about the three incidents of racist vandalism found on Eastern Michigan University's campus on September 20, 21 and October 31.

Oct. 23, 2017

A 29-year-old man was arraigned today in Washtenaw County District Court on three counts of malicious destruction of property, four counts of identity theft and one count of using computers to commit a crime stemming from vandalism incidents that took place on Eastern Michigan University’s campus beginning in fall 2016. Read the full press release about the arraignment.

Jan. 20, 2017

The Department of Africology and African American Studies adopts a resolution regarding the Black Student 10-Point Plan.

Jan. 9, 2017

In a news release, EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes detailed some of the efforts involved in investigating the racist vandalism that happened on campus last fall, saying he remains "as determined as ever to solve this case."

Jan. 5 2017

In his "Welcome to the New Year" message to campus, President Smith provided several updates related to the racist vandalism incidents. These include promoting interest and involvement in various activities surrounding the University observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; providing an update on the police investigation into the racist incidents; updating the status of addressing the demands of the Black Student 10-Point Plan, and providing information about the new President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.

Dec. 14, 2016

President James Smith announced the inaugural members of the new President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.

Dec. 6, 2016

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Calvin Phillips and Special Adviser to the President Leigh Greden provided an update on the status of the administration's response to the Black Student 10-Point Plan at a general membership meeting of the Black Student Union.

Nov. 21, 2016

Jaren Johnson, President of the Black Student Union, and co-rally organizer Desmine Robinson announced a campus-wide unity rally for Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at The Towers. They wrote: "Throughout the march, we will be vocalizing positive affirmations of love, positivity, solidarity and understanding. Please dress warmly."

Nov. 11, 2016

Washtenaw County My Brother's Keeper (WCMBK) is holding its Local Action Summit II at the EMU Student Center on Monday, Nov. 14. Read the full release.

Nov. 11, 2016

Faculty Senate announces that a day-long teach-in will be held on Monday, Nov. 14. The teach-in, "Know Justice, Know Peace," will address the topics of racism, diversity and inclusion. The featured keynote speaker will be Victor Lewis, author of "The Color of Fear." See the full schedule of events.

Nov. 2, 2016

A large group of students, faculty and staff gathered to rally against racism on campus. The group met outside Ford Hall.

Nov. 1, 2016

President Smith announces creation of President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.

Nov. 1, 2016

Board Chair Mike Morris offers remarks regarding racist vandalism.

Oct. 31, 2016

President Smith informs the campus community about an incident of racist vandalism found at Ford Hall. He also announced that the reward for information is now $10,000.

The Faculty Senate, with the support of Student Government and the University administration, is sponsoring a day-long teach-in on racism, diversity and inclusion on Monday, Nov. 14 in McKenny Hall. Please send ideas for panels, performances, or activities to

Oct. 13, 2016

The Faculty Senate strongly condemns the incidents of racist hate speech at King Hall and other locations on the Eastern Michigan University campus during the week of September 20-24. In light of these deeply disturbing events, and in response to the profound concerns about security and the campus climate expressed by black students and others in multiple protests and forums over the last three weeks, the Senate calls on the entire EMU community to engage in reflection and dialogue about how all of us –

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Oct. 7, 2016

NAACP Get H.Y.P.E. (Healthy Young People Everywhere) Forum

Sponsored by the EMU Chapter of the NAACP in partnership with the national NAACP, the forum takes place from noon - 3 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. The forum begins with a workshop about how to get comfortable talking about race, facilitated by Dar Mayweather, coordinator, EMU Center for Multicultural Affairs. This will be followed by a panel discussion including Rhonda Longworth, interim provost and executive vice president; Calvin Phillips, associate vice president for student affairs; Eric Brown, former alumni association president; Tiran Burrell, graduate student and GA; Jaren Johnson, president of Black Student Union; and, Anne Brown, Ypsilanti City Council member. The panel discussion will be moderated by Darius Anthony, president of the EMU NAACP.

Oct. 6, 2016

A Silent Protest Against Racism was held. The march began at the Towers residence halls and ended at King Hall.

Oct. 4, 2016

The Black Student Union held a campus-wide forum in the Student Center Ballroom on the racist incidents and the University's response. Opening remarks were presented by student Tequeria Barrett, vice president of IMAGE; table discussions took place among all attendees; a panel discussion took place moderated by student Michael Wood with panelists Student Body President Tanasia Morton, EMU Police Officer Candace Dorsey, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Calvin Phillips; Assistant Vice President of Student Well-Being Ellen Gold; and Taqueria Barrett Further remarks were presented by EMU President James Smith and closing remarks by EMU Black Student Union President Jaren Johnson.

Sep. 30, 2016

The Board of Regents Chairman Mike Morris delivered a statement at the Sept. 30 Board of Regents meeting, condemning the racist vandalism.

Sep. 29, 2016

The University announced that the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people involved in the racist vandalism is now $5,000. It was also announced that the EMU Department of Public Safety is being assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and state of Michigan resources as it continues to investigate the case.

It was also announced that the Black Student Union will host a town hall event on Monday, Oct. 3 from 4-6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Sep. 29, 2016

CAPS and DCI announce drop-in group schedule. Students wanting to talk about their feelings and experiences related to the racist vandalism on our campus are invited to stop by any of three drop-in groups:

  • Monday, Sept. 26 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27 3:30 – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept 28 7:30-9 p.m.

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Sep. 24, 2016

President Smith releases a statement on the Sept. 23 demonstration.

Sep. 24, 2016

The EMU Police investigations into the two racist vandalism incidents reported over the last several days continues. Police have received several tips since the $2,500 reward was announced yesterday, and each of those tips is being fully investigated. We are hopeful that the information we are receiving will help solve these crimes. If you have any information that will help, please contact the EMU Police Department at 734.487.1222 or call the tip line at 734.487.4847.

A prayer and unity rally sponsored by the University Christian Fellowship is scheduled for noon today (Sept. 22) by the Lake House.

Sep. 21, 2016

The University announced a reward of $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible. Please call the tip line at 734.487.4847.

The University introduced an Anonymous Electronic Feedback Form. Every member of the campus community now has the opportunity to submit their questions, concerns, and requests for institutional action related to issues of race and diversity at EMU.

Sep. 20, 2016

President James Smith informs campus about racist vandalism at King Hall.  

A forum was conducted in the Student Center Auditorium that included an update on the investigation and comments from student leaders and EMU administrators about the incident and reactions.