Pittsburg State University: Safe For Diversity

At Pittsburg State University, we've closely followed the incident in Minneapolis that sparked protests across the nation over the killing of an unarmed African American man, George Floyd, by Minneapolis Police Officers.

This incident did not happen on our campus or in our community, but that does not mean our campus community isn't impacted. We are home to a diverse student body, and we openly welcome and nurture students, faculty, and staff from every walk of life. Now more than ever, it is critical that Gorilla Nation come together as one to ensure those who feel threatened or marginalized by the recent events are supported and protected.

It is a reality that members of our campus community feel something like the Minneapolis incident could happen to them or a member of their family. It is a reality that many have faced racism and other prejudices in their lives. It is a reality that social injustice exists.

We acknowledge those realities and want to state very clearly that Pittsburg State University stands with those in fear and those who've experienced discrimination. We believe that diversity fuels progress, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that diversity is preserved and our campus is safe for all.

To that end, we are fortunate to have a University Police Department that works to build positive relationships and is solely committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students. Our officers are professional, highly trained, and specifically conditioned to protect and serve a diverse community like the campus of Pittsburg State University.

Further, our campus is also home to a very active Office of Student Diversity, the mission of which is to cultivate a culture of respect, awareness, and understanding among PSU students, faculty, and staff – celebrating diversity on campus and in the community.

Pittsburg State University will not tolerate racism, bigotry, violence, or discrimination of any kind. We strongly believe in and work to preserve each individual's value, and our campus is a place where everyone finds the respect, dignity, and support they deserve not only as human beings, but as a member of the Pitt State family.

Those impacted who would like to speak to a mental health professional are encouraged to contact University Counseling Services at 620-235-4452.

Thank you,

Steve Scott