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Athletic director Scott Dolson contacts staff amid racial tensions in Bloomington



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Athletic director Scott Dolson is pictured. Dolson sent an email Tuesday to athletic staff voicing his outrage against recent racist events in Bloomington.  Photo courtesy of IU Athletics

IU athletic director Scott Dolson sent an email Tuesday to athletic staff voicing his outrage against recent events in Bloomington.

“I condemn these events of racial violence and racial profiling in the strongest terms, and am committed to doing everything that I can to create a more inclusive and equitable environment in our department and our community,” Dolson said in the email.

Dolson’s comments came after a Monroe County human rights commissioner Vauhxx Booker was assaulted on the Fourth of July at Monroe Lake and a car struck two people protesting Monday near the Monroe County Courthouse. Last week, IU athletes also spoke out on social media after experiencing racial profiling at Monroe Lake.

In the email, Dolson invited staff members to attend an upcoming book club event on “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.

The email brought attention to measures set earlier this summer by Dolson and former IU athletic director Fred Glass. The initiatives include mandatory racial inclusivity training for all staff members.

Dolson also mentioned the new Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition and outlined resources available for staff to help cope with stress from recent events.

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