STUDENT-LED PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY: SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
This morning, a group of students peacefully assembled at Freedom Tower in the interest of Christian unity and bringing awareness to social and racial injustice. While the original event was postponed in the interest of student safety, we are encouraged by the diverse group of students who gathered to understand the purpose of the postponement and to learn more about the student initiative called “Justice4Us”.
Students are permitted and encouraged to peacefully protest and gather as long as all current health and safety protocols and procedures are followed and permission has been granted by the university. Such was the case for the gathering that took place today.
To be clear, this was not a Black Lives Matter rally, although we believe that black lives do indeed matter. This was a student-led and student-created initiative. It is inclusive of all who support Christian unity and social justice. Our office welcomes anyone who would like to know more about peaceful protests and gatherings on our campus.
The department of Management, Efficiencies, and Diversity at Liberty University would like to express and reaffirm our commitment to the fair and equitable treatment of all underrepresented students at Liberty University. We hear you, and we’re putting structures in place to make real change. As LU is experiencing a sudden transition in leadership, that does not mean that forward progress in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion can’t or won’t happen. Our Acting President, Dr. Jerry Prevo, being led by God, is fully committed to the spiritual mission of Liberty University. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is part of the foundation for a strong and lasting institution and the time to foster real progress is now.
We have built and continue to build a qualified, committed, and dedicated team to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Although both Kelvin Edwards, (Executive Vice President of Management, Efficiencies, and Diversity) and Turner Gill, (Executive Vice President of Diversity, Development, and Inclusion) have a history with LU Athletics, be assured that their common goal is equity for all and inclusion of all students and staff. Additionally, at the direction of the Liberty University Board of Trustees, now under the leadership of Dr. Alan McFarland, Acting Board Chairman, we are committed to supporting the evolution of the prioritization of diversity and inclusion at LU.
Progress will be made together, and we hope that all students, faculty, and staff will work together to make it happen. The team in the Office of Equity and Inclusion has undergone specific training and will continue to receive the training and certifications necessary to help lead Liberty University in the direction we know it can and should be. It is time for more positive change, and we hope you will all join this team as we make that change happen.
Acts 2:1-2 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
On Liberty Mountain, in one place, let God’s spirit fill the entire house.
The Office of Management, Efficiencies, and Diversity
and The Office of Equity and Inclusion
Dr. Allen McFarland
Interim Board Chairman
Executive Vice President of
Diversity Development & Inclusion