To the SIUC Black Alumni Group general body, current SIUC students, and concerned parents:
As you may have heard, the students at Southern Illinois have found themselves in the middle of great stress and turmoil due to the racial climate of Southern Illinois University and the local community. Unfortunately, this does not come as a surprise to those of us who have called Carbondale home over the years. The executive branch of BAG vows to stand in support and in solidarity with students of color, particularly our Black students. We have scheduled several meetings with student leaders and university administration and are committed to ensuring the protection and care of our students. I have instructed our communications team to keep you regularly updated with the news coming out of Carbondale, along with reporting our efforts in working with university to promote change.
We have asked several individuals, some anonymous and some not, to report to us their experience in Carbondale and we will be sharing them with you in future updates. If you have any questions please contact President@siucbag.com.
Black Alumni Group
Southern Illinois University Carbondale