Illinois State University President Larry Dietz released a statement to university faculty, campus community members and students via email Tuesday afternoon regarding recent calls of ISU showcasing "fake diversity" in lieu of Black Homecoming Committee's organized rally at Hovey Hall Monday.
In the email, he said it "troubles [him] deeply when Illinois State is characterized as not upholding its value of diversity and inclusion."
Dietz also said he will be inviting representatives to meet with the Campus Climate Task Force to voice their displeasure and concerns.
Regarding the Homecoming event that sparked the controversy, Dietz said that the event was never officially contracted with Redbird Athletics and that the security protocols are ones that "apply to the entire university." Additionally, Dietz said that ISU volleyball was not involved with the discussion.
"Complicating the issue was that the University first learned about the desired event less than two months before our annual Homecoming celebration," he said. "Most Homecoming events are planned up to a year in advance."
He ended his message with a promise for improvement.
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