Message from the Dean of Students

Many of you recently received an email from the President and me regarding our commitment to diversity, and our stance against bias-related incidents. We stand by that statement. As a Bias Response Task Force, we remain steadfast in our commitment to serve and support the Kutztown University community.

That said, I feel compelled to share a thought…as a dad to three black boys, a black administrator, and above all, a black man in America. These egregious acts against humanity begin to take an enormous toll on the mind and spirit. I’m broken hearted for every family in mourning. For those bodies and minds that are - and have been - broken, beaten, and harmed, for the wells of tears cried in deep sorrow, and for the incredible pain so many feel in this moment that words can’t explain…I mourn.  

As your dean of students, I am left to resort to my knees, to petition God to change the hearts and minds of the people, that justice prevails and that our spirit not be weaken. I hope that our nation awakens to the injustices that occur in our nation, and that hope sustains us while we await that further change.

As your dean of students, I pledge to continue to do all I can to support you, to help you, and to be an advocate for equality, fairness, access, and respect. Collectively and individually, we must commit to changing our mindset; when we change our mind, our actions will follow. We should push our hearts and souls to reflect upon the sacrifices, tribulations, and hardships others suffer from the past to the present, for the sake of creating change.

Today, I ask that you consider this simple - tested and true - principle, treat others how you would want to be treated

Dr. Donavan McCargo

Dean of Students

Chair, Bias Response Task Force