Message to all Students, Faculty and Staff about Racial Violence


As we at Anderson University continue to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God, we must combat all messages and actions of hate against our fellow image-bearers of God.

We are dismayed by the increasing number of hate crimes against minority communities across the nation, such as the senseless killing in Georgia on Tuesday of eight women, six Asian. We choose to speak out in support of our sisters and brothers instead of remaining silent about the increased number of hate crimes against minority communities. Dr. King’s words remind us, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Silence only contributes to the increasing anxiety and fear so many are currently experiencing.

We will continue to position ourselves as a Christ-centered community where we are committed to the protection of all human dignity.

We recognize that to deliver an outstanding student experience and to offer an outstanding place to work, we must uphold the principles of equity and justice. We must create space for everyone to be heard while we add our voices to those who speak out against racism and violence.

I call for our campus community to reject racism, violence, and discrimination by doing several things. First, I ask you to join me, Cabinet, MOSAIC, our Racial Equity Task Force and others in prayer for the families impacted by these senseless acts of violence. Second, I ask you to stand up, speak out and remain vigilant against all forms of hate. And in view of this week’s murders in Georgia, I want to affirm that each minority member of our community is valued, loved, and safe at Anderson University.

May the peace of Christ be with you and all of us…

President Pistole

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.