Asian and Pacific Islanders Demanding Justice (APIDJ) hosted the event to address racially insensitive messages sent in the Umrath first floor GroupMe Sept. 30. It was designed to create a safe space for Asian and Pacific Islanders and other students to discuss the incident and to share their experiences as minority students on campus.
Offensive ideas are not new to campus. Communities of color deal with problematic comments and behaviors constantly. Why does it take one of those comments going viral on campus to get a response?
The staff of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori White responded to the Umrath Hall floor GroupMe controversy in separate statements emailed to the student body Oct. 3 and 4, respectively.
A series of insensitive messages in the Umrath Hall first floor GroupMe prompted backlash on social media and led to apologies from the messages’ authors this week.
While a thousand students in one room is seen as a mob, a thousand students in one group chat is seen as a bonding opportunity.
A few notes: My roommate and I had chosen random. Neither of us were active on social media. We had texted one another only twice: once for brief introductions and once to coordinate dorm shopping.