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Racial Slur in GSB Residences (2/23/22)

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What happened

On the morning of Tuesday, February 22, a graduate student in the GSB found a racial slur (specifically the n-word) written on their personal white board on their dorm room door in a GSB graduate residence. Later that evening, another GSB student found that same racial slur written on their personal door white board. Both slurs were reported in the evening on Tuesday. The offending party (or parties) are unknown at this time.


What is being done

Updated as of 03/31/22

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified, arrived on scene, and took a report on Tuesday (02/22) night. They are currently investigating the incident with potential criminal implications. 

A couple of Protected Identity Harm reports were filed and individuals met with Student Affairs staff. The process is centered on collecting data and providing connection with staff who can respond and help reduce the impact of the harm. 

The Dean of the GSB sent out a GSB-wide email addressing the incident Wednesday (02/23) morning. GSB staff reached out to the two impacted parties ensuring they have support and resources. GSB leadership, along with staff from Student Affairs, met with Black Business Student Association (BBSA) student leaders on Wednesday (02/23) night. Together they are working through several action items, including communications to students and faculty & security measures. GSB students have also been provided with mental health resources and will work with leadership to strategize about long-term resolutions. There will likely be a follow-up meeting with GSB BBSA leaders early next week. 

GSB Deans sent a follow up email to the student body on (2/24), which included a call for the community to report to DPS by contacting 650-329-2413 and information for mental health resources.

Students organized a walk-out on (2/25) in support and solidarity to their Black classmates.

GSB Leaders and a DPS representative met with Black Business Students Association (BBSA) Leaders on (2/28) to discuss security measures in the residences, information about the investigation, disciplinary actions and support resources. GSB Deans sent a follow-up email to the student body on (3/2) outlining these items.

BBSA Leaders, Diversity Committee Leaders and MBA Student Association Leaders met with GSB Deans on (3/2) to discuss critical DEI needs and pathways for systemic change at the GSB.

What to Do

  • If you have any information, you can call (650) 329-2413 (24/7) and ask to speak to an investigator. You do not need to give your name. You can also submit a confidential anonymous tip through the Palo Alto Police. Department, which also provides dispatch services for DPS.  
  • Students: Prioritize your mental health needs. Check out mental health resources.
  • If you experience bias or discrimination, please file a Protected Identity Harm report.

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