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From:

Sent:Monday,December08,20149:38AM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

Hi.

IrealizeyouarethePresidentoftheUniversity,andIamjustalowlystudent.
Iwouldmakeonesugges onforwhatitisworth:
IthinkitwouldbegreatiftheUniversitycouldworkwithstudentgroupstondawayforstudentstoposi velydisplaytheir
supportfordiversityatUI,par cularlyinlightofthisincident.
[Maybeacampaignofarmbandsorribbonsthatcouldbewornontheoutsideofwintercoats.]

Formyself,Iwouldlovetohavetheopportunitytoexpresssolidaritywiththosewhosupportdiversityandtohelpsenda
messagethataenvironmentoffearisNOTthekindofuniversitythatthestudentsherewantorsupport.

Thankyouforyour me.

________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason<president@uiowa.edu>
Sent:Sunday,December07,201412:05PM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Monday,December08,20148:40AM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

Terricemail...thankyou!
________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason[president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201412:24PM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.
ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailableat:
h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
***********/

From:Ma hes,PeterS
Sent:Saturday,December06,20145:36PM
To:Rocklin,ThomasR
Subject:Re:EmailfromPresidentMasontocampus

ThatisimpossibleassheisinIndianapolis.

OnDec6,2014,at5:33PM,Rocklin,ThomasR<thomasrocklin@uiowa.edu>wrote:
SeeexcerptbelowofanoteIjustgotfrom

???

Thanks.

Tom

TomRocklin
VicePresidentforStudentLife
249IowaMemorialUnion
TheUniversityofIowa
IowaCityIA52242
31933535573193353559(fax)
TheDivisionofStudentLifefostersstudentsuccessbycreatingandpromotinginclusiveeducationallypurposefulservicesand
activitieswithinandbeyondtheclassroom.

http://studentlife.uiowa.edu

From:
Date:Saturday,December6,2014at5:17PM
To:TomRocklin<thomasrocklin@uiowa.edu>
Subject:Re:EmailfromPresidentMasontocampus

Tomorrow,manyofusareactuallymeetingwithSallyMasonatCurrierHallat7pm,not
surewhopulledthosepuppetstrings,butthat'sappreciatedamongthecommunityas
well.

From:????????????????????????????????????????Mason,SallyK
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Monday,December08,20146:48AM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????Ma hes,PeterS
Subject:????????????????????????????????????FW:Campusdisplays

________________________________________
From:Holden,PalmerJ
Sent:Monday,December08,20146:47:39AM(UTC06:00)CentralTime(US&Canada)
To:Mason,SallyK
Subject:Campusdisplays

Ihopethoseprotes ngFriday'sartoncampuswouldfeelthesamewayaboutdesecra ngtheAmericanag.Indthatdeeply


oensivebutUIocialslikelywouldsaythatisprotectedbytherstamendment,probablyevenbeattheirchestsacouple
mesbutwouldnotcreateastudycommission.

Palmer

Dr.PalmerHolden,VietnamVet
ISUEmeritusProf.
15MaryCourt
IowaCity,IA52245
5152315543

From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20143:31PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

EventhoughImustagreethedisplaywouldsurelybotherpeople,itisveryirresponsibletosendoutanemailofthistype
withoutcontextofthear stsactualintentandpurposesoasclarifythesitua on.?Thisshouldbeclariedintheemail.?
BecauseitwasnotaKKKpiecesomuchasonedoneinthelikenessofone.?Basically,youemailreads"Wehadsomeoneput
aninten onallyracistKKKpieceupmeanttooendpeople."

From:????????????????????????????????????????Somek,Alexander
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Tuesday,December09,20141:21PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

IamafraidthatI,withallduerespect,havetoexpressmydisappointmentastohowyoureactedtothedisplayofthispieceof
art.

Iagreethatnothingshouldbeshownoncampuswithoutpermission;nevertheless,Iamshockedthatyourseemtohaveno
qualmstocondemnpubliclyapieceofartthathasthepowertos ruppublicdebate.

Therecanbenodoubt,inmyopinion,thatthear stdidnotintendtoarmracistbeliefs.Thewholedesignoftheobjectrules
thisout.

InditterriblyembarrassingthataUNIVERSITYdoesnotprotectthecommunica vepowerofartagainstintolerantfolkswho
donotseemtounderstandthatartneedstoengagethehumanimagina on.Arthasthepoten altoevokeconic ng
responses,evenfeelingsofunease.
Thisispartofitsgenius.

Ifsomea ributetoanartworkahos lemessageitisthetaskofpublicdiscoursetosortthema erout.Itisoneofthe


hallmarksofafreesocietythataesthe cexperienceiscommunicatedfreely.Thisfreedomsuerswhenthosewieldingpower
publicly(andfalsely!)condemnaworkofart.

Iamprofoundlydisappointedinmyuniversity,forithasopenly(andinverystrongterms)disavowedthemeritandpoten al
ofart.

Respec ullyyours,

AlexanderSomek

AlexanderSomek
CharlesE.FloeteChairinLaw
UniversityofIowaCollegeofLaw
BoydLawBuilding
MelroseandByington
IowaCity,IA522461113
phone:3193359057
fax:3193359098

On07.12.1419:02,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:

>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,
>hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereallmembersofour
>campuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.Onthemorningof
>December5,2014,a7foottallKuKluxKlanegywithacamera
>axedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.
>TheeectsofthedisplaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCity
>community.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunity
>memberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccur
>soonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayalmadethemfeel
>unwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.For
>failingtomeetourgoalofprovidingarespec ul,allinclusive,

>educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedto
>worktogethertotakepreven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobe
>surethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonour
>campusandinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwho
>feelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngtheUniversity
>CounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdayto
>prepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinputfrompeople
>whowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeet
>itsresponsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,sta,and
>visitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoforma
>commi eeofstudentsandcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonop ons
>includingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingour
>implicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
>Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neither
>yournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.Thepolicyand
>guidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhow
>toltermessages,areavailableat:h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
>***********/
>

From:AlexLang<alexlang1216@gmail.com>
Sent:Sunday,December07,201410:57PM
To:president@uiowa.edu;Mason,SallyK
Subject:Artwork

PresidentMason,

Ihavenotseentheartworkinquestioninperson.Ialsounderstandthatitwasputupwithoutpermission.

Thatbeingsaid,I'mextremelydisappointedwithyourstatement.Theartworkmaybedistasteful,itmayberacist,itmaybe
disgustingtoyouareme.But,that'snotreasontoremoveit,noryouremail.

TheUniversityofIowaisapublicuniversity.Wemustpromotediversity,wemustpromoteinclusion.But,thatnottobeatthe
expenseofsomeofmostfundamentalfreedoms.We,asasociety,musthavetherighttoexpressourviews,nomatterthe
content.

Whetheritbethisartwork,anACLUrallyoraKluKluxKlanmeetingtheuniversityiowashouldfosteraplaceoftheexchange
ofideas.Ifeelyouhavequashedthisspiritintheideaofpoliticalcorrectness.

Artisoftenmeanttoprovoke,sometimemakesusuncomorftanble.Toreleaseastatementabouttheuniversityrespectsfree
speech,butwantsarespectfulandsensitivediscoursegoesagainstthefabricofapublicuniversity.Partofbeingafreeculture
meanssometimesweareuncomfortable.Sometimesitmeanshavingtoexperiencesomethingthathurtsustothefiberofourbeing.
Sometimesthatmeansthediscourseisnotsensitive,sometimesitmeansdisrespectandthatissomethingwemustlivewithasa
freesociety.

Weasauniversitymustbeabletodebatecideas.Wemustnotimmediatelyrunandhidefromscarytopics.Wecannottake
downracistsideas,butmustembracethethoughtthatwhiletheyarewrongwewilldefendtherighttosayasmuch.Wemust
continuethediscourse.

Ihopeyouseriouslyconsideryournextstatementonthematter.Yourcurrentstatementonlyhurtstheideathatouruniversityis
opentodifferentideasandwillingtodiscussanddebateallthoughtsofview.Insteaditisoneofpoliticalcorrectnessandnotone
oftheleaderofauniversitythattrulyembracesdiversitynomatterthepointofview.

AlexLang'06

From:????????????????????????????????????????Kohen,Amnon
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20142:16PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearSallyMason,

Whydoyouaddressthisasan"incident"?Isinstallingsuchanegylegal?DotheUIsecurityforcestrytondthose
responsible?Knowingthatthoseresponsibleforthisareincustody(oratleastiden edbynameandface)isthemainthing
thattheUIcommunityneedsatthis me.
ImprovingtheUIresponseissecondary,asforaslongasthoseKuKluxKlanpeopleareatlarge,wearenotsafe.

Thankyouforyourpromptresponsetothisdevasta ngevent.

Respec ullyyours,
Amnon.
________________________________________
AmnonKohen
ProfessorofChemistry
andMolecularandCellularBiology
TheUniversityofIowa

Groupwebsite:
h p://www.chem.uiowa.edu/kohenresearchgroup
________________________________________

On12/7/1412:00PM,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:

>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,
>hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereallmembersofour
>campuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.Onthemorningof
>December5,2014,a7foottallKuKluxKlanegywithacamera
>axedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.
>TheeectsofthedisplaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCity
>community.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunity
>memberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccur
>soonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayalmadethemfeel
>unwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.For
>failingtomeetourgoalofprovidingarespec ul,allinclusive,
>educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedto
>worktogethertotakepreven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobe
>surethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonour
>campusandinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwho
>feelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngtheUniversity
>CounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdayto
>prepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinputfrompeople
>whowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeet
>itsresponsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,sta,and
>visitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoforma
>commi eeofstudentsandcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonop ons
>includingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingour

>implicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
>Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neither
>yournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.Thepolicyand
>guidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhow
>toltermessages,areavailableat:h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
>***********/
>

From:????????????????????????????????????????Clemons,AmyM
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20144:59PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

readthis.Doyouneedcounselingnow?

Amy
________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason[president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201412:08PM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

/***********
Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.
ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailableat:
h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
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From:????????????????????????????????????????Jung,Anita
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,201412:56PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,
Thankyouforyourconcernregardingthisissueanddesiretocreateameaningfuldialoguerespondingtoit.Iwantto
encourageyoutoreachouttomycolleagueSarahKanouse,shehasbothdeepknowledgeandexperienceinac vistartand
socialprac ce.

Manyoftheartfaculty,myselfincludedareinaconundrumregardingthisevent.Thepiecewasdonebyaguestwearehos ng
andthepiecewas/isdeeplyproblema connumerouslevels.ItisimportantbecauseofthesereasonsthatSAAHbe
adequatelyrepresentedinconversa onsmovingforward.

Thankyou,
AnitaJung
ProfessorofIntaglioandPrintMedia

SentfrommyiPhone

>OnDec7,2014,at12:00PM,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:
>
>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall
membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe
UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillinclude
inputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
>Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothe
sender.ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailable
at:h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
>***********/
>


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Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.
ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailableat:
h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
***********/

From:Ma hes,PeterS
Sent:Saturday,December06,20144:47PM
To:Rocklin,ThomasR
Cc:Dodge,Georgina;Brennan,JosephA
Subject:Re:Messagefromthepresident

IspokewithSKMandsheisgoodtogowiththelanguage.

IfwehavetotweaksomethingsIamsureshewillbefinebutlet'stryandkeepitasclosetowhatwehaverightnowaspossible.

Goodluck.

OnDec6,2014,at4:34PM,Rocklin,ThomasR<thomasrocklin@uiowa.edu>wrote:
Holdon.Notwithstandingmycommentsabout
knowifIhavetohitrestart.

,he*may*havemisrepresentedhisauthority.I'llletyou

TomRocklin
OnDec6,2014,at4:14PM,Rocklin,ThomasR<thomasrocklin@uiowa.edu>wrote:
Mostofthefolkswhoworkedonthedra thatwereceivedlastnightareleadersofstudentorgsandhadto
a endsomethingthisa ernoon.Imetwith
whotellsmethatthegroupgavehim
authoritytospeakontheirbehalf.

Wespentthepast1.5hourstalkingandrevisingthedra (a ached).Ourworkwascollabora ve,andeachof


uslearnedsomethings.Neitherofusconsidersthisdraftperfect,butbothofusagreethatitsacceptable.I
hopeyouwillaswell.

Iwelcomeanyofyourcomments,particularlyyourlanguagetweaks.Illtellyouinadvancethat
someofwhatIconsiderawkwardIcouldntfixinawaythatAntoniofeltpreservedthekey
sentiments.Perhapsyoucan,orperhapswellhavetolivewithawkwardness.Ofcourse,thisis
thepresidentsmessage.Shehastobecomfortablewithit.

Myworkwith
thisafternoonwasdifficult,buttrulyoneoftherewardsofthejob.Hesaninsightfuland
passionatemanmemberoftheNationalGuard,ROTCstudent,engineeringmajor,aspiringMDPhDstudent.
And,atthesametime,hesayoungman,learningandgrowing.

Thanks.

Tom

TomRocklin
VicePresidentforStudentLife
249IowaMemorialUnion
TheUniversityofIowa
IowaCityIA52242
31933535573193353559(fax)
TheDivisionofStudentLifefostersstudentsuccessbycreatingandpromotinginclusiveeducationally
purposefulservicesandactivitieswithinandbeyondtheclassroom.

http://studentlife.uiowa.edu

<1StudentDraft.docx>

From:Mason,SallyK
Sent:Tuesday,December09,20148:49PM
To:Ma hes,PeterS
Subject:FW:Data

From:Butler,PatrickB
Sent:Tuesday,December09,20148:48:32PM(UTC06:00)CentralTime(US&Canada)
To:Mason,SallyK
Subject:Data

DataforWednesdaysmeetingwiththestudents.

Iowa was one of only 5 big 10 universities to increase their African American student population in the last five years and by the
second highest change in percentage. It was not possible to sort out the Two or More Races category with this dataset, so these
numbers are even somewhat lower than the total number of students who would include African American race in their identity:

BigTenPercentageAfricanAmericanStudentEnrollment

PennState
Iowa
Rutgers
Northwestern
Maryland
Nebraska
Purdue
OhioState
Indiana
Minnesota
MichiganState
Wisconsin
Illinois
Michigan

Fall2009
3.53%
2.64%
7.91%
4.69%
10.97%
2.49%
3.42%
6.15%
4.45%
3.94%
7.30%
2.76%
5.93%

Fall2010
3.83%
2.63%
7.62%
4.73%
10.62%
2.39%
3.46%
5.94%
4.36%
3.85%
6.76%
2.56%
5.19%

Fall2011
4.16%
2.70%
7.55%
4.70%
10.81%
2.37%
3.45%
5.76%
4.16%
3.56%
6.54%
2.46%
5.05%

Fall2012
4.19%
2.71%
7.45%
4.98%
10.66%
2.24%
3.25%
5.78%
4.06%
3.35%
6.23%
2.37%
5.01%

Fall2013
4.14%
2.75%
8.10%
4.77%
11.01%
2.43%
3.16%
5.64%
3.98%
3.40%
6.27%
2.32%
4.98%

5Yr%Change
17.0%
4.3%
2.4%
1.7%
0.3%
2.4%
7.6%
8.3%
10.5%
13.7%
14.1%
15.7%
15.9%

5.29%

4.24%

4.16%

4.10%

4.15%

21.4%

DataSource:IPEDSFallEnrollmentSurvey

Here are the Student, Faculty and Staff breakdowns for the last five years available. Keep in mind I used all students/faculty who self
identified as African American some have checked multiple ethnicities so they would be counted in official reporting as Two or More
Races just in case you get questions about discrepancies.
STUDENTS

Session
Fall2010
Fall2011
Fall2012
Fall2013
Fall2014

African
American
Students
849
933
990
1026
1168

%ofTotal
Enrollment
2.75%
2.99%
3.14%
3.30%
3.72%

STAFF

Session
Fall
2009
Fall
2010
Fall
2011
Fall
2012

African
American
Sta

%ofAll
Sta

132

1.77%

134

1.82%

127

1.77%

149

2.03%

Fall
2013

151

2.08%

FACULTY

Year
Fall
2010
Fall
2011
Fall
2012
Fall
2013
Fall
2014

African
American
Faculty

%ofAll
Faculty

57

2.61%

59

2.66%

61

2.67%

60

2.59%

59

2.53%

From:
Sent:Sunday,December07,20144:27PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Re:PentacrestArtResponse

DearPresidentMason,

IamacurrentUIPhDstudentaswellasanalumna,havingearned3priordegreesatthisuniversity.However,theUniversity'sresponse
totheartdisplayedbyfacultymemberSerhatTanyolacaronthePentacrestonDec.5hasdeeplyshakenmybeliefthatthisisan
institutionofhigherlearningworthyofsomanyyearsofmyloyalty,effort,andscholarship.

TheOxfordEnglishDictionarydefinesauniversityasaninstitutionof"highereducation",yettheUI'sresponseshowednoevidenceof
advancedanalysis,nothoughtonalevelsimilartothatclearlyputforthbytheartist,onlytheimmediatekneejerkreactionthatan
imageofaKuKluxKlanrobemustberacist,withnootherpossibleinterpretation.Suchafundamentalignoranceofartfroman
institutionthatclaims,initsownmissionstatement,"toadvancescholarlyandcreativeendeavorthroughleadingedgeresearchand
artisticproduction",isunconscionable.

Inyourownwords,PresidentMason,theUniversityofIowaseeksto"worksidebysidetodiscoverandsharenewknowledgeandto
preparethenextgenerationofleaderstohelpsolveourworld'smostpressingproblems",yetIfearthatthisuniversitydoesnothave
thewherewithaltopreparethenextgenerationtohaveeventhemostbasicthoughtsaboutartorthehumanexperience,muchlessto
combatsocialissues,oneofthemostimportantofwhichisracism.

Tanyolacarattemptedtodothiswithhiswork,acritiqueofracistcultureintheUnitedStatesbothhistoricalandcurrent,aswellasthe
passivecollaborationinracismbythosewhoconsumemainstreammediacoverage,butdonothingtoeffectchange.Likemanyworksof
art,itwascontroversial,speakingtotheemotionsofthevieweraswellasthemind,potentiallycausingdiscomfort.Butthe
interpretationofaclearlyantiracistpieceasracistdisplaysflawedandlazyanalysis.Itspeakstothefailureofthisuniversitytoeducate
itsstudentsonhowtothinkaboutart,especiallyartwhichevokesthemostvisceralhumanemotions,andespecially,howtorespondto
artandspeechwhichoffendsthem.Insteadofrespectfuldiscourse,Tanyolacarandhisworkweremetwithdeaththreatsanddemands
forremoval.Thiswasateachablemoment,andIowafailedmiserably.

Ofcourse,thereisanotherpossibility,thattheUIadministrationwasfullyawareoftheantiracistintentofTanyolacar'swork,but
accededtothepressureofotherswhosawonlythesymboloftherobe.Ithinkthatissomehowworse,toabandontheprinciplesofthe
universityinfavorofthepathofleastresistance.Ifthatisthecase,theUIhasalsochosenthewronglessontoimpartduringthiscritical
teachablemoment.

IfullyunderstandthelegalrightoftheUItoremovetheartinstallation,andmainlyquestionthestatementsissuedafterwardbyTom
Rocklinandyouroffice.ItisthesewordsthathaveprovedtomethattheUniversityofIowahasnounderstandingofartorspeech,and
norighttoclaimthatitisaninstitutionthatfostersthearts.Furthermore,theinterpretationofartisnotaskillbeusedonlywhenvisiting
galleriesandmuseums,butinvolvescriticalthoughtaboutideasthatarenotpresentedovertly,andcanbeappliedtoanyareaofstudy
(e.g.statistics,sociology,literature,chemistry)aswellasdailylife.Whiletheinitialeventindicatedthatyouhavefailedtoeducatethe
generalstudentbodyonhowtointerpretandrespondtoartortothinkanalytically,itwastheadministration'sresponsethatshowedthe
faultwasnotinthestudents,butinyourownfundamentalmisunderstanding.TheUniversityofIowaadministrationcannothopetoteach
studentstohavecriticalthoughtsaboutart,race,orthehumanexperience,becausetheyhavedemonstratedthemselvesincapableof
doingso.

IamlefttoquestionhowIcancontinuedevotingmytimeandenergytoobtainingadegreefromsuchaninstitution.HowcanIowaclaim
tofosterthearts,yetshowsuchafundamentalignoranceofthem?Howcanyouclaimtoeducatethenextgenerationofleaderstosolve
socialissues,ifyouarenoteventeachingthemtothinkcritically?Howcantheuniversityhopetoattractthebrightestmindsinstudents
andfacultyiftheybelievetheirworkwillbedevaluedandmisinterpreted?

Sincerely,

From:Mason,SallyK
Sent:Tuesday,December09,20147:18AM
To:Ma hes,PeterS
Subject:FW:FYI

From:Butler,PatrickB
Sent:Tuesday,December09,20147:18:20AM(UTC06:00)CentralTime(US&Canada)
To:Mason,SallyK
Subject:FYI

From:"McGuire,Steve"<smcguire@uiowa.edu>
Date:December9,2014,6:42:59AMCST
To:"Rocklin,ThomasR"<thomasrocklin@uiowa.edu>
Cc:"Butler,PatrickB"<patrickbutler@uiowa.edu>,"Kregel,KevinC"<kevinkregel@uiowa.edu>
Subject:RE:Thanks!
Tom,
Itwaschallenginginapositiveway,andIbelieveitwentwell.Standingroomonly.IspokewithsomeoftheBlack
Hawkeyesbeforebeginningandaskedthemiftheywouldparticipateasakindofleadgroup.Perhaps60Blackstudents
attended.Itlastedtwohours.AfterthefirsthourIletthestudentsleadthediscussionandsatdown.Whiletherewere
somedivisivecommentsandangerexpressed,theatmospherewaspurposefulandremainedrespectful(noshouting).As
thediscussionprogressed,morewhitestudentsandfacultyspoke.Nearlyeveryoneinattendanceremainedthewholetwo
hours.
Talkingwithstudentsafterwards,Ibelievetheyfeltthiswasaneventinwhichtheywereheard.
IaskedSerhattobethereonlyinattendance,andhesatinthefrontrowwiththeBlackHawkeyes(it'sjusthowfolkssat).
Iavoided(stopped)adirectquestionandanswerwithhim,andhesimplylistened.
I'llbeinterestedtohearstudents'responses.
ItwasalsoanimportanteventfortheSchool.Ibelievenearlyallofourstudiograduatestudentsattended,asdida
majorityoffaculty.
Onward.
Best,
Steve

SteveMcGuire
Professor,
SchoolofArtandArtHistory
TheUniversityofIowa
3193351779
From:Rocklin,ThomasR
Sent:Monday,December08,20147:58PM
To:McGuire,Steve
Subject:Thanks!

Steve,

Iappreciateyourjumpingintoorganizetheeventtonight.Igatherthatagoodnumberoftheaffectedstudents
attended.

Ihopeitwentwell,andwouldlovetohearyourtakeonhowitwent.

Thanks.

Tom

TomRocklin
VicePresidentforStudentLife
249IowaMemorialUnion
TheUniversityofIowa
IowaCityIA52242
31933535573193353559(fax)
TheDivisionofStudentLifefostersstudentsuccessbycreatingandpromotinginclusiveeducationallypurposefulservicesand
activitieswithinandbeyondtheclassroom.

http://studentlife.uiowa.edu

From:????????????????????????????????????????CATHERINEL.THOMPSON<CTHOMPSON@ut.edu>
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Monday,December08,20144:26PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Theartinstalla onbySerhatTanyolacar

DearPresidentMason,
Asaworkingar standauniversityartandarthistoryprofessor,IstandbySerhatTanyolacar'sartwork.Itisahistorically
dicultandtendersubject,especiallynow.Butsomethingthatcanevokesomuchdiscourseisalsosomethingthathasvalue
beyondasimplis c,supercial,nega veviewing.Anyonewhohasactuallylookedatitcloselyandnotjusthadakneejerk
reac ontoashapewithyes,suchnega vehistory,couldseeveryreadilythatthisisabothacri cismofandarejec onof
racism.
And,asanacademic,Iamashamedofyourveryrapidandkneejerkreac ontocontroversialart.Controversialartisadoorway
tofurtherdiscussiononasubjectthatisverymuchonthemindsofmanyAmericansatthispoint.Yes,acalmandreasoned
discussioniswhatweallwishfor,buttojumptothisviewpoint"Thereisnoroomfordivisive,insensi ve,andintolerant
displaysonthiscampus"withoutanyunderstandingoftheartorthear st'sintentseemsabitreac onary.Iunderstandthere
isapaneldiscussiontonight,andIreallyhopethatthepar cipantswillworktogethertokeepitcalmandlookdeeplyintothe
art,theissuesandresponseswithaneyetoresolu onandnotcensorship.
Sincerely,
CatherineL.Thompson

From:????????????????????????????????????????WohlfordLenane,Chris ne
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Monday,December08,20148:55AM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

Wasn'tthisartlookingatracism???Howwasthemediaallowedtoperceivethisasracistart?Ridiculousandblownoutof
propor on.ThenewsinterviewofthestudentsintheUnion,screaminghowpathe c.?Wouldn'titmakemoresenseto
explainwhatthisartmeansinsteadofcondemningitandenablingpeopletothinkthiswasracismonourcampus??Ijustdon't
getallofthisChrisWohlfordLenaneResearchSpecialist/McCraylab

On12/7/1411:56AM,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:

>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,
>hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereallmembersofour
>campuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.Onthemorningof
>December5,2014,a7foottallKuKluxKlanegywithacamera
>axedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.
>TheeectsofthedisplaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCity
>community.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsand
>communitymemberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponse
>occursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayalmadethem
>feelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.
>Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidingarespec ul,allinclusive,
>educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedto
>worktogethertotakepreven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobe
>surethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampusandinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwho
>feelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngtheUniversity
>CounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdayto
>prepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinputfrompeople
>whowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeet
>itsresponsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.
>Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsandcommunity
>memberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningcultural
>competencytrainingandreviewingourimplicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
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>yournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.Thepolicy
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From:????????????????????????????????????????Conway,DanielG
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20141:01PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

PresidentMason

fyiMygrandmotherwasamongtherstpublicschoolteachershiredinIowawhowasaCatholic,andtheKKKburnedacross
inheryardtodiscourageher&in midatethefamily.?Whiletheydon'tin midatemepersonally,itmightbeworthno ngthat
theirtargetisbroaderthanrace.

Thanks.

DanConway
Adjunct,ManagementSciences,Tippie
8123456964

________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason[president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201412:11PM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.
ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailableat:
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From:
Sent:Sunday,December07,20146:50PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:ResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason

Iknowyouareverybusy,especiallyduring meswhenincidentssuchasthisarise.However,Ihaveacommenttomakeabout
youremailregardingtheKKKegy.Iwasveryupsetanddispleasedtoreadyoursentence:"Thatdisplayimmediatelycaused
Blackstudentsandcommunitymemberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety."IamnotBlack,andalthoughIconsider
myselfamemberofthecommunity,Iamrstandforemostastudentatthisins tu on.IfeltveryangryandterrorizedandI
donotagreethatonlyBlackstudentsfeltthisway.My3roommatesareBlackstudents,andtheytooweredispleasedthatyou
targetedtheupsetstudentsasbeingBlack.Anypersonwithamoralcompassimmediatelyfeltemo onallythreatened.

Iacceptyourapologyonbehalfoftheins tu onfornotrespondingtothesitua onina melymanner.Outofmytwoanda


halfyearsasastudenthere,thiswasbyfarthemostdevasta ngeventIhavewitnessed.Iamverypassionateaboutthis
issue.Itwasadisgus ngactandhasnoplaceonourbeau fulcampus.TheUniversityofIowaistooclassyforthisandnowit
is metorestoretheuniversity'sdignityandhealthecommunity.Iwouldliketobepartofyourcommi ee,ifatallpossible.

Thankyoufortakingthe metoconsiderthisemail.

From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,201410:29PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

What'supPresidentMason..Iamaseniorwhitemale,22andIamfrightenedtowalktoclasseveryday..notbecauseofthe
higherpopula onofAfricanAmericanorblackAmericaninthelasttwoyears..I'mscaredbecauseIdonotlikebeingaliated
withthemajoritywhitepopula oningeneral..

Iwouldmuchratherhaveadiscussionwithyouaboutit...Ishouldn'thavetobescaredbecausewhitepeoplearetheproblem
andwhitepeopleareracist(obviouslynotall).I'mscaredformylife,especiallysincear cleshavebeenoa ngaroundonthe
internetthatafacultymemberputthatstatueup...Ishouldn'tberequiredtogotoclass.

SentfrommyiPhone

>OnDec7,2014,at12:36PM,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:
>
>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall
membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe
UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillinclude
inputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
>Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothe
sender.ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailable
at:h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
>***********/
>

From:????????????????????????????????????????Mason,SallyK
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Tuesday,December09,20148:52PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????Ma hes,PeterS
Subject:????????????????????????????????????FW:Moredata
A achments:?????????????????????????GEFUGSFAbyRace_Ethnicity.pdf

From:Butler,PatrickB
Sent:Tuesday,December09,20148:52:16PM(UTC06:00)CentralTime(US&Canada)
To:Mason,SallyK
Subject:Moredata


/***********
Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.
ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailableat:
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AstudentwhoisuncomfortableattheUIOWA

From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Tuesday,December09,20149:00PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

PresidentMason,
Mynameis
andIamcurrentlyasecondyeargraduatestudentintheCollegeofPharmacy.Iwouldliketobe
apartofthecommi eeinvolvedwithaddressingculturalissueshereontheUIOWAcampus.Whenwillthemee ngbetaking
placeonWednesdayandhowcanIbeapartofit?

>OnDec7,2014,at12:43PM,PresidentSallyMason<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:
>
>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall
membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe
UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillinclude
inputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
>Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothe
sender.ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailable
at:h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
>***********/
>

From:?????????????????????????????Mason,SallyK
Sent:??????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,201410:57PM
To:??????????????????????????????????Ma hes,PeterS
Subject:?????????????????????????FW:Artwork

From:
Sent:Sunday,December07,201410:57:07PM(UTC06:00)CentralTime(US&Canada)
To:president@uiowa.eduMason,SallyK
Subject:Artwork

PresidentMason,

Ihavenotseentheartworkinquestioninperson.Ialsounderstandthatitwasputupwithoutpermission.

Thatbeingsaid,I'mextremelydisappointedwithyourstatement.Theartworkmaybedistasteful,itmayberacist,itmaybe
disgustingtoyouareme.But,that'snotreasontoremoveit,noryouremail.

TheUniversityofIowaisapublicuniversity.Wemustpromotediversity,wemustpromoteinclusion.But,thatnottobeatthe
expenseofsomeofmostfundamentalfreedoms.We,asasociety,musthavetherighttoexpressourviews,nomatterthe
content.

Whetheritbethisartwork,anACLUrallyoraKluKluxKlanmeetingtheuniversityiowashouldfosteraplaceoftheexchange
ofideas.Ifeelyouhavequashedthisspiritintheideaofpoliticalcorrectness.

Artisoftenmeanttoprovoke,sometimemakesusuncomorftanble.Toreleaseastatementabouttheuniversityrespectsfree
speech,butwantsarespectfulandsensitivediscoursegoesagainstthefabricofapublicuniversity.Partofbeingafreeculture
meanssometimesweareuncomfortable.Sometimesitmeanshavingtoexperiencesomethingthathurtsustothefiberofourbeing.
Sometimesthatmeansthediscourseisnotsensitive,sometimesitmeansdisrespectandthatissomethingwemustlivewithasa
freesociety.

Weasauniversitymustbeabletodebatecideas.Wemustnotimmediatelyrunandhidefromscarytopics.Wecannottake
downracistsideas,butmustembracethethoughtthatwhiletheyarewrongwewilldefendtherighttosayasmuch.Wemust
continuethediscourse.

Ihopeyouseriouslyconsideryournextstatementonthematter.Yourcurrentstatementonlyhurtstheideathatouruniversityis
opentodifferentideasandwillingtodiscussanddebateallthoughtsofview.Insteaditisoneofpoliticalcorrectnessandnotone
oftheleaderofauniversitythattrulyembracesdiversitynomatterthepointofview.

From:Je.Funke@conagrafoods.com
Sent:Thursday,December11,201410:34AM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Pleasereconsiderremovalofan racismdisplay

DearMs.Mason,

Ifthisar clefromreason.comistobebelieved,thenImustexpressmysinceredisappointmentinmyalmamatersmisguided
decisiontoshutdownanindividualsrighttoexpression.Auniversitysmissionshouldbetoopen,notclose,discussionabout
importantissues.Societytodayingeneral(andcollegesinpar cular)arewaytooquicktointerferewhenthereisariskto
oend,withthegreatironythatthisisanan racismdisplay.

Ihopethatyoureconsideryourdecisiononremovingthedisplayandproudlystandupagainstthosewhowouldinfringeour
rightsandliber es.

Sincerely,

JeffreyFunke,BS93

From:????????????????????????????????????????Cohee,Jeerson
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,201412:12PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DEARPRESIDENTMASON,
WHILEIAPPLAUDYOURATTEMPTSTORECONCILEWHATMANYOFYOUSEEASANEGATIVESITUATION,IHAVESPOKENWITH
MANYPEOPLEWHOAGREETHATTHATSTATUEWASANYTHINGBUTNEGATIVE.?HOWCOULDANYONELOOKATTHEARTICLES
COVERINGTHESTATUEWHICHWASMARGINALLYLIKETHEKKKOUTFITANDNOTSEETHEINTENTOFTHEARTIST.?YOUALONG
WITHSOMANYOTHERSAREREDUCINGALLOFUSTOTHELOWESTCOMMONDENOMINATOR.?ITISSADTOME.?EVENONTHE
NEWSITWASAPPARENTWHATTHEINTENTWASANDHISSTATEMENTARTISTICALLYWASCLEAREVENONATVSCREEN.?
CERTAINLYADISPLAYOFTHISSORTISREALLYNODIFFERENTTHANANUNAUTHORIZEDVOCALPROTESTWITHSIGNS/ITISA
DIFFERENTLANGUAGE.?IFTHEPROBLEMISNOTPRIORCLEARANCE,THENSAYTHATANDSTAYOUTOFTHEELUCIDATION.

RESPECTFULLY,
JEFFCOHEE

________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason[president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201411:40AM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:????????????????????????????????????????Butler,John
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Monday,December08,201411:22AM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

Almost70yearshavetranspiredsincetheearlycivilrightsmovementinAmerica.Ithinkthatalmostnoneofthecurrentstudy
bodyunderstandthishistoryandfewofcurrentfacultyexperiencedit.Whatbothgroupsknowhasbeenobtainedbyhearsay..
IfIwerePresidentMason,Iwouldsuggestthatarequiredcoursebeaddedtothecorecurriculumthatcoversthis70year
period.Itisimportantthatnotjustonesidebeheard.?ImarchedintheWashingtonprotestmarchesinthe60and70,Ilivedin
acitywhere80%ofthepopula onisblackandItaughtnightcoursesinWashingtontostudentsofallraisesandbackgrounds.
Myemployeeswereblacksthatsavedtheirmoneytosendtheirchildrenforacollegeeduca on?aswellaspredatoryblack
malesthattargetedfemaleblacks,evenhighschooltrainees.Thereforeracialprolingisaselfdefensemechanismusedby
all.EventheCaliforniapoliceforcefearstheAfrican?male.?Racialpsrolingwillcon nueun lracialdierencescanno
longerbeiden ed...Thismeansinterbreedingandachangeofbehavior.
???????MymentormadeastatementthatIhaveneverforgo en"HistorybeginswhenIarrived".Ourcurrentstudentbody
doesnotknowtherealhistory.IftheUniversityofIowawantstobearealleaderincivilrightsthenthemessageshouldgoto
allstuentsandmustcomesfromalltheinvolvedpar es,eventheKKK.
???????Thinkaboutit!

OriginalMessage
From:PresidentSallyMason[mailto:president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201411:40AM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:Mason,SallyK
Sent:Wednesday,December10,201411:07AM
To:Ma hes,PeterS
Subject:FW:KKKArtDisplay

From:MichaelOlneck
Sent:Wednesday,December10,201411:07:15AM(UTC06:00)CentralTime(US&Canada)
To:Mason,SallyK
Subject:KKKArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

Ibelievethatyouneedtolearnsomethingaboutartisticfreedom,andabouttheimportanceofteaching
studentshowtointerpretartinitshistoricalcontext.

WouldyouhavesupportedMayorGuiliani'sthreatin1999toendsubsidiestotheBrooklynMuseumofArt
becausehethoughttheSensation:YoungBritishArtistsfromtheSaatchiCollectionexhibitwasanti
Catholic?

Ihavebeguntowonderifthefactthatthiswasdisplayedoncampus,outdoors,andnotinanarea
demarcatedasexhibitspaceisatallrelevant,butIthinkitisaltogetherpossiblethepiecewouldhave
provokedprotestnomatterwhereitwasdisplayed.

Evenifthesiteofthedisplayisrelevant,thatdoesnotexcuseyourcravenapology,oryourpermitting
students'feelings,basedonamisinterpretationofthepiece,ofbeingunwelcome,disrespected,and
unprotectedtobeabasisforcensorship.

Youractionistrulydisgraceful.

MichaelOlneck
ProfessorEmeritusofEducationalPolicyStudiesandSociology
UniversityofWisconsin

From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20142:46PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

?Iamconfusedastowhyitisokforawomantoholdasignthatsays"youdeservehell"?asIcomeoutofmyclass???InNorth
Hall.Butthispieceof"art"getsmassivea en on.Ifeltterriblehavingsomeonelookmeintheeyeandholdthatsignatme.?
PleasedonotmisunderstandIbelievebothdisplaysaredisgus ng.

?MyoldestsoniscomingtoIowaforacollegevisitatIowasoon.Itsaddensmethatthishappenshere.Iamsureitisforyou
too.

Thankyouforlistening,

SentfrommyiPhone

OnDec7,2014,at12:48PM,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:

>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall
membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe
UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillinclude
inputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
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sender.ThepolicyandguidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowtoltermessages,areavailable
at:h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
>***********/
>

From:????????????????????????????????????????Eko,LyombeS
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20141:05PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Cc:??????????????????????????????????????????????Rocklin,ThomasR
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

Thanksforthisnote.WhileI?generallyshareyoursen mentsandconcerns,Ifearthatthereisadangerofoverreac ngand


squelchingfreedomofspeechandacademicfreedomprotectedbytheFirstAmendment.
ThefundamentalprincipleisthatthePentacrestisadesignatedpublicforum.Insuchareas,theuniversitymaynotprac ce
viewpointdiscrimina on.Thatistosay,speechonthePentacrestmaynotbediscriminatedagainstonthebasisofitscontent.
Yes,evenanartpiecewhosetopicistheKKKiscoveredbythisFirstAmendmentprotec on.

Thecontroversial"artpiece"inques onwascreatedbyafacultymember,?ProfessorTanyolacar.?Noma erhowabhorrentit


mightbetosegmentsoftheuniversitycommunity,thatworkofartisprotectedbytheFirstAmendment.TheUniversityof
Iowacanonlyimpose me,placeandmannerrestric onsonProfessorTanyolacar,notbanhisartonthebasisofitscontent.In
otherwords,theuniversitycantellhimwhen,where,andhowtodisplayhisartpiece.TheUniversitymaynotbantheworkof
artfromcampusbecausetheadministra onandsegmentsofthecommunitydonotlikethecontent.
?

However,ProfessorTanyolacar'sdisplayisproblema cinthathedidnotseekpermissionforthedisplay.Inotherwords,he
didnotgivetheUniversitytheopportunitytoexerciseitsauthoritytodeterminethe me,placeandmannerofthedisplay.
Thechoicenottofollowthat
procedureisproblema cinasocietyoforderedliber es.??Pleasenote
thatifProfessorTanyolacarhadsoughtpermissiontodisplaytheartpiece,andpermissionhadbeendeniedduetothecontent
ofthework,theuniversitywouldhaveviolatedtheFirstAmendmentandacademicfreedom,andwouldhavebeenliableto
theprofessor.

TheuniversitycommunityneedstobeeducatedabouttheseFirstAmendmentissuesbeforefreespeechissquelchedon
campus.
TheSupremeCourtoftheUnitedStateshasruledthat:"StateCollegesandUniversi esarenotenclavesimmunefromthe
sweepoftheFirstAmendment"(Papishv.UniversityofMissouri).

Sincerely,

LyombeEko,PhD
AssociateProfessor
SchoolofJournalismandMassCommunica onCoDirector,AfricanStudiesProgramUniversityofIowa
E322AdlerJournalismBuilding
IowaCity,Iowa52242
Tel.3193531926

On12/7/1412:31PM,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:

>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,
>hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereallmembersofourcampus
>communityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,
>2014,a7foottallKuKluxKlanegywithacameraaxedtothe
>displaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsof
>thedisplaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.Thatdisplay
>immediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymemberstofeel
>terrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>

>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccur
>soonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayalmadethemfeel
>unwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.For
>failingtomeetourgoalofprovidingarespec ul,allinclusive,
>educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedto
>worktogethertotakepreven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobe
>surethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
>andinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeels
>aneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngtheUniversityCounseling
>Serviceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdayto
>prepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinputfrompeoplewho
>wereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetits
>responsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,sta,andvisitors
>arerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeof
>studentsandcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincluding
>strengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
>biastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
>Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neitheryour
>namenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.Thepolicyand
>guidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhowto
>ltermessages,areavailableat:h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
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>

From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20142:54PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

HelloPresidentMason,

Iappreciateyourresponsetothishorriceventandapplaudyourwillingnesstoquickaddressthisissue.PleaseknowthatI
willingtoserveonthiscommi ee.IfneededIcanworkwithyoudirectlyasaprecommi eeinworkingoutthedetailsand
howwewillmoveforward.

PleaseletmeknowwhenwillbeabletomeettoaddresstheaectofthisandotherracismatUofI.

Sincerely,

On12/7/1412:50PM,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:

>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,
>hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereallmembersofour
>campuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.Onthemorningof
>December5,2014,a7foottallKuKluxKlanegywithacamera
>axedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.
>TheeectsofthedisplaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCity
>community.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunity
>memberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccur
>soonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayalmadethemfeel
>unwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.For
>failingtomeetourgoalofprovidingarespec ul,allinclusive,
>educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedto
>worktogethertotakepreven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobe
>surethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonour
>campusandinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwho
>feelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngtheUniversity
>CounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdayto
>prepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinputfrompeople
>whowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeet
>itsresponsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,sta,and
>visitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoforma
>commi eeofstudentsandcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonop ons
>includingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingour
>implicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
>/***********
>Distribu onofthismessagewasapprovedbythePresident.Neither

>yournamenoremailaddresswasreleasedtothesender.Thepolicyand
>guidelinesfortheUIMassMailservice,includinginforma ononhow
>toltermessages,areavailableat:h p://its.uiowa.edu/massmail.
>***********/
>

From:mar hamilton<mar hamilton8@gmail.com>


Sent:Wednesday,December10,201411:20AM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Bravo!

PleasesupportMr.Tanyolacar.Ireadserhattanyolacar.comBioandArtiststatementHisintenthasalwaysbeentoinspire
thoughtfuldialoguetoimprovesociety.HisarthasprovidednationalfavorablepublicityforUniversityofIowaandinspiredmanya
dialogue.Pleasesee@martibohemeformorecommentssupportingthisartist.Granted,heshouldhaveaskedpermissionand
guidanceastowheretoinstalltheart.ButtheworkitselfisinthetraditionofPicasso'sGuernicaaworkofartcommentingon
currenteventswhichalsoinspiredcontroversyatthetimewhichnowisviewedasathoughtfulworkofart.
Thankyou,MarthaHamilton

From:Rocklin,ThomasR
Sent:Tuesday,December09,20149:15AM
To:
Dodge,Georgina;Grady,DavidL;president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Re:IAMUNCOMFORTABLE:
(UIOWAStudent)

Importance:High

Pleaseforgivethelengthof meithastakenmetorespondtoyouremail.Ihavebeenlisteningtomanystudentsandrespondingtomany
emails.IwishIhadbeenabletogettoyoursearlier.

IappreciateyoursharingtherealityofyourlifehereattheUniversityofIowa,painfulasitisformetoread.Iabsolutelyagreewithyouthat
thepresidentsstatements,themeetingthatDr.DodgeandIhadwithstudentsonFridayafternoon,theapologyfromthemanwho
tweetedonbehalfofCLAS,andtheforumlastnightandtheotherverysmallstepswehavetakensinceFridaycannotbeouronlysteps.We
haveworktodoonthiscampus,andwewillbeginimmediately.

Ihopewecanearnyoursupportaswemoveforward.

Bestwishes,

Tom

TomRocklin
VicePresidentforStudentLife
249IowaMemorialUnion
TheUniversityofIowa
IowaCityIA52242
31933535573193353559(fax)
TheDivisionofStudentLifefostersstudentsuccessbycreatingandpromotinginclusiveeducationallypurposefulservicesandactivitieswithin
andbeyondtheclassroom.

http://studentlife.uiowa.edu

From:<
Date:Monday,December8,2014at12:49AM
To:TomRocklin<thomasrocklin@uiowa.edu>,"Dodge,Georgina"<georginadodge@uiowa.edu>,"Grady,DavidL"<david
grady@uiowa.edu>,"president@uiowa.edu"<president@uiowa.edu>
Subject:IAMUNCOMFORTABLE:
(UIOWAStudent)

ToWhomItMayConcern,

Iamemailingyouinregardsoftheconstantactsofhateanddiscriminationthatarehappeningatyouruniversity.More
importantly,thisletterisastatementofdismayandunappreciationfortheneglectandlackofconcernforissuesfacingUniversity
ofIowastudentsofcolordaily.PleasenoticethatIsayyouruniversitywithgreatintention,asIcannotanddonotfeel
comfortablewithclaimingUIasmyown.HowcanIencouragemyfriendsandfamilymembersthatlooklikemetoattendthis
university,ifIdonotfeelsafeandwelcome?

AsastudentemployeeofTheUniversityofIowa,ittroublesmetoknowthatstudentsofcolorencounterdiscriminationonthis
campuseveryday.ThisisoneofthemainreasonswhyIwantedtobecomeaResidentAssistant.Iwantedtobecomeapartof
thechange,helpsculptadifference,andcreateacohesivecommunityamongstanassortmentofindividualsincludingcolor.These
tacticswouldenablethegapthatdividesthestudentsatUItoceasetoexist.Though,therealityis,thattherearecomplications
whentryingtofulfillalargerole.Thus,asastudentIamlimitedonpaintingthispictureofafunctioningandstablecommunity.In
return,Iamseekingforyourattention,theadministrationofUniversityofIowa.

We,peopleasaminorityspecificallyofcolor,endureunrulyandbarbaricbehaviorfromourpeersandinstructorsattheUniversity
ofIowathatconstantlygounnoticed.Studentsdonotreporttheseincidentsbecausewedonotbelieveourvoicemattersonthis
campus.Thisisauniversitywhereallwalksoflifearesupposedtobeembracedbyawelcomingcommunitywithcohesiveness,
andwherediversityissupposedtobethefoundationofastrongcommunity.However,thesefactorsdonotexist,especiallyfor

studentsofcolor.AlackofconcernfromtheUniversityofIowaadministrationispartiallytoblameandhasfailedatincreasing
inclusivityanddiversityonthiscampus.Asastudent,myfellowpeershavealsovoicedthatitisnotplausibleforthemtocallThe
UniversityofIowaahomeawayfromhome.Constantly,theyarebeingpushedawaybydiscriminatorygesturesandremarks,
whichseemtobetheunderlyingcultureofUI.Asaresult,weareforcedtowalkoneggshellsamongstourpeersandprofessors.
Asanemployee,studentshaveexpressedtometheirfeelingsofisolationanddetachment.Asaresult,theybecomeconfinedto
theirlivingfacilitiesandsteerawayfromengaginginextracurricularactivitiesatyouruniversity,infearofbeingunwelcomedonthe
basisoftheirskincolor.Thisisbecauseadministratorsandleadersofthisuniversityhavenottakentheinitiativetocreatechange
andbuildawelcomingcommunityforallindividuals.Individualsofcoloronthiscampushavebeenexcludedfromthiscommunity.
Thus,itisnotacceptableforthesetrendsofdistastefulbehaviortocontinuetoflourishwithoutacknowledgementorconcernfor
thewellbeingofallstudents.IAMUNCOMFORTABLE.STUDENTSOFCOLORAREUNCOMFORTABLE.Thestudents
ofcolorattheUniversityofIowaarenotcomfortablebecauseweareamongstacommunityofpeoplewhodonotaccept
diversityandarenotinterestedincreatingamoreinclusiveUniversityofIowa.Whatdoyouplantodoaboutthis?

Therefore,theemailthatwasrecentlysent:UIStatementonPentacrestArtDisplay,shouldnotbeyouronlyexpressionofconcern
aboutracismattheUniversityofIowa.ItisimportantthatUIworkstobeproactiveinsteadofreactivepertainingtoissuessuchas
this.Ifthisuniversityissopassionateaboutensuringthatstudentsareabletoencounteradiversecommunitywithnotoleranceof
racismthenplease,backthesestatementsupwithaction.MakeitaprioritytomakesurethatUniversityofIowastudentsofcolor
feelliketheyarevaluedandtheirexperiencematters.Donotignoreusandputourconcernsandissuesonthebackburner.We
shouldbeapriority.Justasthereisgreatconcernaboutsexualmisconduct,thereshouldbegreatconcernaboutracismand
discriminationonthiscampus,astheyarebothdestroyingthecommunityatTheUniversityofIowa.

Ifachangedoesnotoccur,therewillcontinuetobeadivisionofyourcommunity.

Sincerely,

AstudentwhoisuncomfortableattheUIOWA

From:NateLovik<natelovik@yahoo.com>
Sent:Sunday,December07,20143:10PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

SowhatSally.Thoserunningthisschoolhavebeenoutofcontrolforalongtime.Ifeelbadforthosestudentsbut
untilyoustartfiringpeopleforincompetencethisisgoingtokeephappening.Justlookatalltheincompetent
buffoonsintheCollegeofBusinessforacaseinpoint!

OnSunday,December7,20141:04PM,PresidentSallyMason<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereducationinstitution,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironment
whereallmembersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,
2014,a7foottallKuKluxKlaneffigywithacameraaffixedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononour
campus.TheeffectsofthedisplaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.Thatdisplayimmediatelycaused
Blackstudentsandcommunitymemberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthat
thisportrayalmadethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetour
goalofprovidingarespectful,allinclusive,educationalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedto
worktogethertotakepreventiveactionanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,
respected,andprotectedonourcampusandinourcommunity.
Iurgeanystudentwhowasnegativelyaffectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontacting
theUniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.
IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofactionthatwill
includeinputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbettermeetits
responsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,staff,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequickly
toformacommitteeofstudentsandcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonoptionsincludingstrengtheningcultural
competencytrainingandreviewingourimplicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.
Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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DecemberL5,2Ot4

SallyMason,
President
University
of lowa
lowaCity,lowa52242

Re:Controversial
displayof racially-charged
art work
DearPresident
Mason:
I wrote a week agoto take the Ul student body and administrationto task for what seemeda reactive
response
and unmeasured
to the aboveincident.As the storyunfolds,my thoughtsare alsoevolvingin
tandemwith the coverage.
It is clearnow that the African-American
painful,
students,for whom the Klanimageevokesparticularly
visceralemotions,are especiallyaffected.The display,so difficultto processunder suchcircumstances,
sentthem reelingand in needof triageby the University
administration.
A doseof RationalThought
wouldhavebeeninappropriate.
Yet,my mindstillstruggles.In holdingone subsetof the studentbodyto a lesserstandardor
(i.e.
expectation
of CriticalThinking,are we doingthem anyfavors?How do we balanceour compassion
socialresponsibility)
with our responsibilities
as educators?Youmust,I imagine,wrestlewith these
thoughtsfrequently. "University"is a lofty, larger-than-life
concept.
I continueto supportthe artistwholeheartedly.
Underscrutinyhiswork remainsa powerful
condemnation
of racism.Did he choosethe wrongvenue? He mostcertainlyopeneda challenging
threadof discussion,
which resultedin plentyof soulsearching.
Sincerely,

A/u+h,,^L.f
Christine
L.North
6002Flagstone
Dr NE
CedarRapids,lowa 52402

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From:
Sent:Tuesday,December09,20147:31PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Diversity/CulturalCommi ee

Goodevening,

Iam
Ihaveheardaboutthe
incidentthatoccurredoncampuslastweek.IwanttoknowwhenandwherethismeetingwillbeheldorhowIcanbeapartofthe
committee.Thankyou.

"IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofactionthatwillincludeinputfrom
peoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbettermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,
staff,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommitteeofstudentsandcommunitymemberstoadvise
meonoptionsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward."

Best,

From:????????????????????????????????????????PatEllis<Pat.Ellis@kirkwood.edu>
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Monday,December08,20149:56AM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

Yes.Freedomofexpressionisonlyaboutsayingnicethings.
________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason[president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201412:56PM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20141:58PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

Iprayforyouasyoufacesuchadaun ngchallenge.Itmustbesodicultforyoutohavethisonyourshoulders.Moun ng
racialtensionschallengeusallwithwhathumanityiscapableof,badandgood.IhavefeltdespairandhelplessnessandIama
whitegraduatestudent.Icanonlyimaginewhatitislikeforthosedirectlyimpacted.

Allthebest,

________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason[president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201412:22PM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,201412:42PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearSallyMason,

Collegeshouldpreparestudentsforlifeoutsidetheins tu on.?Farbe ertoremindstudentsandeveryoneelsethat


individualsmustlearntotolerateallsortsofconic ngmessages,andnottoexpecttheins tu on(beitgovernmentor
academic)totranslatethemeaningorrespondinanywayotherwaythanwhatpolicydictates(weremovedunapproved
installa on).

Thanksforyourconsidera on,

SentfrommyiPhone

>OnDec7,2014,at11:47AM,PresidentSallyMason<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:
>
>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall
membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe
UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillinclude
inputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
>President
>UniversityofIowa
>
>
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From:
Sent:Monday,December08,201412:49AM
To:Rocklin,ThomasR;Dodge,Georgina;Grady,DavidL;president@uiowa.edu
Subject:

Importance:High

ToWhomItMayConcern,

Iamemailingyouinregardsoftheconstantactsofhateanddiscriminationthatarehappeningatyouruniversity.More
importantly,thisletterisastatementofdismayandunappreciationfortheneglectandlackofconcernforissuesfacingUniversity
ofIowastudentsofcolordaily.PleasenoticethatIsayyouruniversitywithgreatintention,asIcannotanddonotfeel
comfortablewithclaimingUIasmyown.HowcanIencouragemyfriendsandfamilymembersthatlooklikemetoattendthis
university,ifIdonotfeelsafeandwelcome?

AsastudentemployeeofTheUniversityofIowa,ittroublesmetoknowthatstudentsofcolorencounterdiscriminationonthis
campuseveryday.ThisisoneofthemainreasonswhyIwantedtobecomeaResidentAssistant.Iwantedtobecomeapartof
thechange,helpsculptadifference,andcreateacohesivecommunityamongstanassortmentofindividualsincludingcolor.These
tacticswouldenablethegapthatdividesthestudentsatUItoceasetoexist.Though,therealityis,thattherearecomplications
whentryingtofulfillalargerole.Thus,asastudentIamlimitedonpaintingthispictureofafunctioningandstablecommunity.In
return,Iamseekingforyourattention,theadministrationofUniversityofIowa.

We,peopleasaminorityspecificallyofcolor,endureunrulyandbarbaricbehaviorfromourpeersandinstructorsattheUniversity
ofIowathatconstantlygounnoticed.Studentsdonotreporttheseincidentsbecausewedonotbelieveourvoicemattersonthis
campus.Thisisauniversitywhereallwalksoflifearesupposedtobeembracedbyawelcomingcommunitywithcohesiveness,
andwherediversityissupposedtobethefoundationofastrongcommunity.However,thesefactorsdonotexist,especiallyfor
studentsofcolor.AlackofconcernfromtheUniversityofIowaadministrationispartiallytoblameandhasfailedatincreasing
inclusivityanddiversityonthiscampus.Asastudent,myfellowpeershavealsovoicedthatitisnotplausibleforthemtocallThe
UniversityofIowaahomeawayfromhome.Constantly,theyarebeingpushedawaybydiscriminatorygesturesandremarks,
whichseemtobetheunderlyingcultureofUI.Asaresult,weareforcedtowalkoneggshellsamongstourpeersandprofessors.
Asanemployee,studentshaveexpressedtometheirfeelingsofisolationanddetachment.Asaresult,theybecomeconfinedto
theirlivingfacilitiesandsteerawayfromengaginginextracurricularactivitiesatyouruniversity,infearofbeingunwelcomedonthe
basisoftheirskincolor.Thisisbecauseadministratorsandleadersofthisuniversityhavenottakentheinitiativetocreatechange
andbuildawelcomingcommunityforallindividuals.Individualsofcoloronthiscampushavebeenexcludedfromthiscommunity.
Thus,itisnotacceptableforthesetrendsofdistastefulbehaviortocontinuetoflourishwithoutacknowledgementorconcernfor
thewellbeingofallstudents.IAMUNCOMFORTABLE.STUDENTSOFCOLORAREUNCOMFORTABLE.Thestudents
ofcolorattheUniversityofIowaarenotcomfortablebecauseweareamongstacommunityofpeoplewhodonotaccept
diversityandarenotinterestedincreatingamoreinclusiveUniversityofIowa.Whatdoyouplantodoaboutthis?

Therefore,theemailthatwasrecentlysent:UIStatementonPentacrestArtDisplay,shouldnotbeyouronlyexpressionofconcern
aboutracismattheUniversityofIowa.ItisimportantthatUIworkstobeproactiveinsteadofreactivepertainingtoissuessuchas
this.Ifthisuniversityissopassionateaboutensuringthatstudentsareabletoencounteradiversecommunitywithnotoleranceof
racismthenplease,backthesestatementsupwithaction.MakeitaprioritytomakesurethatUniversityofIowastudentsofcolor
feelliketheyarevaluedandtheirexperiencematters.Donotignoreusandputourconcernsandissuesonthebackburner.We
shouldbeapriority.Justasthereisgreatconcernaboutsexualmisconduct,thereshouldbegreatconcernaboutracismand
discriminationonthiscampus,astheyarebothdestroyingthecommunityatTheUniversityofIowa.

Ifachangedoesnotoccur,therewillcontinuetobeadivisionofyourcommunity.

Sincerely,

From:
Sent:Monday,December08,201411:13AM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:KuKluxKlanegy

DearPresidentMason,

Mynameis
,andIrecentlybegananappointmentasa
Priortomyappointmenthere,Icompletedmydoctoralstudiesat
Also,becausethisis
relevanttothesubsequentcontentofthiscorrespondence,IamaBlackAmericanwoman.

IdidnotseetheKuKluxKlaneffigydisplayonthePentacrestonFriday,Dec.5primarilybecauseIspendmuchofmytimeontheCarver
CollegeofMedicinecampus.Forthosestudentsofcolorwhodidseeit,Iimaginehowthedisplaymayhaveinvokedvisceralreactions
ofangerandfearwithinthecontextoftherecentgrandjurydecisionsnottoindictpoliceofficersinFerguson,MOandStatenIsland,NY.
Whenseenthroughthelensofyoungpeoplewhomayormaynothavepersonallyexperiencedthefearofbeingmaimedorkilledwith
impunitysecondarytoracialprofiling,thisimagemayhavereinforcedthosefears.However,Ithinkthedisplayandtheadministrative
responsethatfollowedprovidedauniqueandtimelyopportunityforauthenticdiscussionsofhowpeopleofcolorparticularlyBlack
AmericansexperiencetheUniversityofIowa.

Therefore,IwouldliketovolunteerforservicetotheUniversityinwhateverroleIcantofacilitatesuchdiscussionsofthiseventwithin
thecontextofothersentineleventsintheAfricanAmericanexperienceinrecentmonths.Althoughthereisnotanexpectationofservice
duringapostdoctoralappointment,IfeelobligatedtocontributetothebettermentoftheuniversitycommunityinwhateverwayIcan
duringmytenureonthiscampus.Ithankyouinadvanceforyourconsideration,andhaveagoodday.

Bestregards,

,distribution,orcopyingofthiscommunicationisstrictlyprohibited.Pleasereplytothesenderthatyou
havereceivedthemessageinerror,thendeleteit.Thankyou.

From:????????????????????????????????????????
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,20141:40PM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

Whereandwhat meisthiseventtakingplaceonWednesday?Iwouldliketocontributetothelargerconversa on.


________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason[president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201412:17PM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:?????????????????????????????Mason,SallyK
Sent:??????????????????????????????Sunday,December07,201412:40PM
To:??????????????????????????????????Ma hes,PeterS
Subject:?????????????????????????FW:Punishingartalsoreectspoorlyonauniversity.

From:AmyCharles
Sent:Sunday,December07,201412:39:40PM(UTC06:00)CentralTime(US&Canada)
To:Mason,SallyK
Cc:serhattanyolocar@uiowa.eduChang,LanS
Subject:Punishingartalsoreflectspoorlyonauniversity.

DearSally,

I'vewatchedtheuniversity'smessagescomeoutwithsomedismay.WhileSerhatappearstohavemisjudgedhisaudiencebadly,
thefactisthatthiswork,thissortofwork,hasbeeneffectiveandsuccessfulelsewhereandindeedmakesupasignificantpartof
hisportfolio.Peopleinotherareas,includingoutsidetheUSHolocaustMuseum,havereceiveditinthemannerintended.

I'dactuallyneverheardofSerhatorhisworkbeforelastweek,andwhenIlookeditup,Isawsomethingworthseeing.He
makesart.Artissupposedtoshockanddisrupt,andno,artisnotcivil.HispointinfrontoftheHolocaustMuseumseemedtome
perfectlyclear:heembodied,intentionally,avirulentstrainofhatredthatisrealreal,notacademicandconsequential,ina
politeplacewhereantisemitismishistoricized,andwhereit'stooeasytoforgethowimmediateandconsequentialitis.

Iunderstandyouhaveacivilenvironmenttoprotect,andstudentstoprotect.Butiftheuniversity'sgoingtoadvertiseitselfasThe
WritingUniversity,itseemstomeyou'vegotarttoprotectaswell.SoI'dappreciateitifyou'dstopthrowingtheartistunderthe
busnow,andmaybeturnsomeoftheofficialcommunicationonthismattertoteachingyourstudentsabouttheidioms,uses,and
importanceofpoliticalandprotestart.

Sincerely,

AmyCharles
IowaWriters'WorkshopMFA'95

From:Mason,SallyK
Sent:Monday,December08,201410:02AM
To:Ma hes,PeterS
Subject:FW:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

________________________________
From:Wilson,SherreeA
Sent:Monday,December08,201410:01:58AM(UTC06:00)CentralTime(US&Canada)
To:president@uiowa.eduMason,SallyK
Subject:RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

ThankyouforoutliningthestepstheUniversitywilltaketoaddressthedisplaythatwasplacedoncampusonFriday,
December5thIwritetooffermyexpertiseastheUniversitymovesforward.AsAssociateDeanforCulturalAffairs&
DiversityintheCarverCollegeofMedicine(CCOM),Ihaveledeffortstoadvancediversityandinclusiveexcellenceinthe
CCOMandUIHealthCare,withaparticularfocusthispastyearoninfusingculturalcompetenceandhealthcarethatis
culturallyresponsivetoourincreasinglydiversepatientpopulation.Ourcomprehensiveplanincludesworkshops,
professionaldevelopment,continuingdevelopment,theacquisitionofanonlinetooltoassisthealthcareprovidersinthe
deliveryofculturallyresponsivehealthcare,theCulturallyResponsiveHealthCareinIowaconference(heldforthe
firsttimeinJune2014)andworkshopsonvarioustopicsincludingunconsciousbias,microaggressions,andinclusive
hiringpractices.Additionally,inmypreviouspositionsatIUPUI,IservedasDirectorofMulticulturalProfessional
DevelopmentandforthreeyearsasSpecialAssistanttoChancellorCharlesBantz.DuringthetimethatIservedas
SpecialAssistanttotheChancellor,I,alongwithmycolleaguesworkedwithBlackstudentsoncampustoresolvevarious
issuesregardingclimateandcreatingawelcomingenvironmentthatresultedintheformationaMulticulturalCenterand
thedevelopmentofaChiefDiversityOfficerpositionatIUPUI.

WearefortunatehereattheUniversityofIowatohaveDr.GeorginaDodgeastheChiefDiversityOfficer,soshe
undoubtedlywillprovidetheleadershipneededtoaddresstheeventsoflastweek,butknowthatIamwillingtoserveif
myexpertiseandexperiencecanbebeneficial.TheeventsoflastFridayweekeffectallofusandcanhaveanimpactof
therecruitmentandretentionoffutureandcurrentfaculty,staffandstudents,aswellasourabilitytocreateacampus
climatethatisdiverse,welcomingandinclusive.

Sincerely,Sherree

SherreeA.Wilson,Ph.D.
AssociateDean,CulturalAffairs&DiversityInitiatives
AdjunctAssistantProfessor,HigherEducation&StudentAffairs
UniversityofIowaCarverCollegeofMedicine
451NewtonRoad,200CMAB
IowaCity,IA52242
Tel:3193842952
Fax:3193358318
www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/diversity

OriginalMessage
From:PresidentSallyMason[mailto:president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201411:53AM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereducationinstitution,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall
membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKu
KluxKlaneffigywithacameraaffixedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeffectsofthe
displaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunity
memberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthis
portrayalmadethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalof
providingarespectful,allinclusive,educationalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogetherto
takepreventiveactionanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonour

campusandinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnegativelyaffectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontactingthe
UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofactionthatwillinclude
inputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbettermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethat
allstudents,faculty,staff,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommitteeofstudents
andcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonoptionsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingour
implicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:????????????????????????????????????????Wilson,SherreeA
Sent:??????????????????????????????????????????Monday,December08,201410:02AM
To:??????????????????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu;Mason,SallyK
Subject:????????????????????????????????????RE:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

ThankyouforoutliningthestepstheUniversitywilltaketoaddressthedisplaythatwasplacedoncampusonFriday,
December5thIwritetooffermyexpertiseastheUniversitymovesforward.?AsAssociateDeanforCulturalAffairs&
DiversityintheCarverCollegeofMedicine(CCOM),Ihaveledeffortstoadvancediversityandinclusiveexcellenceinthe
CCOMandUIHealthCare,withaparticularfocusthispastyearoninfusingculturalcompetenceandhealthcarethatis
culturallyresponsivetoourincreasinglydiversepatientpopulation.?Ourcomprehensiveplanincludesworkshops,
professionaldevelopment,continuingdevelopment,theacquisitionofanonlinetooltoassisthealthcareprovidersinthe
deliveryofculturallyresponsivehealthcare,theCulturallyResponsiveHealthCareinIowaconference(heldforthe
firsttimeinJune2014)andworkshopsonvarioustopicsincludingunconsciousbias,microaggressions,andinclusive
hiringpractices.?Additionally,inmypreviouspositionsatIUPUI,IservedasDirectorofMulticulturalProfessional
DevelopmentandforthreeyearsasSpecialAssistanttoChancellorCharlesBantz.?DuringthetimethatIservedas
SpecialAssistanttotheChancellor,I,alongwithmycolleaguesworkedwithBlackstudentsoncampustoresolvevarious
issuesregardingclimateandcreatingawelcomingenvironmentthatresultedintheformationaMulticulturalCenterand
thedevelopmentofaChiefDiversityOfficerpositionatIUPUI.?

WearefortunatehereattheUniversityofIowatohaveDr.GeorginaDodgeastheChiefDiversityOfficer,soshe
undoubtedlywillprovidetheleadershipneededtoaddresstheeventsoflastweek,butknowthatIamwillingtoserveif
myexpertiseandexperiencecanbebeneficial.?TheeventsoflastFridayweekeffectallofusandcanhaveanimpactof
therecruitmentandretentionoffutureandcurrentfaculty,staffandstudents,aswellasourabilitytocreateacampus
climatethatisdiverse,welcomingandinclusive.

Sincerely,Sherree

SherreeA.Wilson,Ph.D.
AssociateDean,CulturalAffairs&DiversityInitiatives
AdjunctAssistantProfessor,HigherEducation&StudentAffairs
UniversityofIowaCarverCollegeofMedicine
451NewtonRoad,200CMAB
IowaCity,IA?52242
Tel:3193842952
Fax:3193358318
www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/diversity

OriginalMessage
From:PresidentSallyMason[mailto:president@uiowa.edu]
Sent:Sunday,December07,201411:53AM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereducationinstitution,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall
membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKu
KluxKlaneffigywithacameraaffixedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeffectsofthe
displaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunity
memberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
?
Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthis
portrayalmadethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalof
providingarespectful,allinclusive,educationalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogetherto
takepreventiveactionanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonour
campusandinourcommunity.
?
Iurgeanystudentwhowasnegativelyaffectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontactingthe
UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.
?
IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofactionthatwillinclude
inputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbettermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethat
allstudents,faculty,staff,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommitteeofstudents
andcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonoptionsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingour

implicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.
?
Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

?
SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:?????????????????????????????slipperscholtz@aol.com
Sent:??????????????????????????????Tuesday,December09,201411:42AM
To:??????????????????????????????????president@uiowa.edu
Subject:?????????????????????????requesttojoincommi ee

GreetingsPresidentMason!
IamanIowaAlum(BA'87)andalsoaparentoftwocurrentIowaundergraduatestudents.Myhusbandisalsoan
IowaAlum.IamwritinginresponsetotherecenteventofaKKKdisplayonthePentacrestandthe
consequentrepercussions.Iverymuchwouldliketobeincludedonyouradvisorycommitteetoexaminecultural
competenceandbiastrainingforUniversitystaffandcommunity.
Asawhiteparentandalum,Iamsaddenedbythepainandfearthatblackstudentsandcitizens
haveexperiencedfromthisincident.ButIwanttobeclearthatIfeeleventslikethisalsoharmwhitestudents,
faculty,staff,alumandcommunitymembers.TheUniversityofIowaisaninstitutionthatIhavealwaysbeenproud
of,academically.ToprepareALLstudentstothriveinaglobalcitizenry,theUniversityneedstomodelan
environmentofsafeandrespectfuldialogaswellasaneducatedcompassionforthehistoricaltraumaofminority
populations.Iappreciateyoursensitivitytothisneed.Beingabletonavigateeffectivediscussionsaroundraceis
askill.AndbeingabletoquicklyandappropriatelyrespondtoincidentsofracismisnecessaryforaBigTen
University.IapplaudyourpublicapologyandIamencouragedbyyourdirection.Iagreethatitstartswithan
examinationofhowtheUniversityprovidestrainingforallstafftomaximizetheirownculturalcompetence,racial
awarenessandtheirownsubconsciousbiases.
Forthelast12years,IhavebeenengagedinracialequityworkinK12schooldistrictsinMinnesota.From
servingontwoschoolboardsandmycurrentemploymentwiththeWestMetroEducationProgram
(www.wmep.k12.mn.us)Ihavealotofexperienceinthisarea.IcurrentlycoordinatetheCulturalCollaborative
whichprovidesprofessionaldevelopmentforpreK12educatorsinMinneapolisand11surroundingschool
districtsinthewesternmetrooftheTwinCities.Ourfocusisprimarilyeducationalexcellenceandracialequity.I
feelIcouldbeofresourceandperspectiveinservingonanadvisorycommitteeforIowafacultyandstaff
professionaldevelopmentinthisarea.
IfullysupporttheUniversity'sdirectiontoincreasethenumberofstudentsandfacultyofcolor.Andtheultimate
focusofmyworkinMinnesotaistoclosetheraciallypredictableachievementgap.Unfortunately,incidentsof
heightenedracialassaultaswellasracistmicroagressionsinaneducationalenvironmentdoesharmtoa
student'sabilitytofeelwelcomeandconnectedtothecommunitytheyliveandlearnin.Ifullybelievethatincidents
likethedisplayonDec.5hasanegativeeffectonstudentachievementatyourinstitution.Notonlydoesitillicit
greatfearinstudentsandstaffofcolor,buthowitishandledcaneitherdoharmoreducateallstudentsandstaff
abouthowtoliveandthriveinaculturallycompetent,supportiveglobalcommunity.Onceagain,Iapplaudyour
courageandwillingnesstodothisveryimportantwork.
IwelcomeyourconsiderationtoallowmetoparticipateinhelpingtheUniversityofIowamoveforwardincreating
awelcomingandinclusiveenvironmentforallstudentstoexcel.MyscheduleinMinnesotawouldallowmeto
traveltoIowaandIamwillingtodosoforsuchanimportantopportunity.Ilookforwardtohearingfromyou.
Respectfully,
JillSlipperScholtz
10220SummerPlace
EdenPrairie,MN55347
6127907935

From:Rocklin,ThomasR
Sent:Tuesday,December09,20141:36PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:FW:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

Hassomeone(orwillsomeonerespondtothis?)

Ifnot,Iwill.Ifso,couldIseeacopy?Imightsendanoteamplifyingourcommitmenttotherstamendment.

Thanks.

Tom

TomRocklin
VicePresidentforStudentLife
249IowaMemorialUnion
TheUniversityofIowa
IowaCityIA52242
31933535573193353559(fax)

TheDivisionofStudentLifefostersstudentsuccessbycrea ngandpromo nginclusiveeduca onallypurposefulservicesand


ac vi eswithinandbeyondtheclassroom.

h p://studentlife.uiowa.edu<h p://studentlife.uiowa.edu/>

On12/7/14,1:04PM,"Eko,LyombeS"<leoeko@uiowa.edu>wrote:

>DearPresidentMason,
>
>Thanksforthisnote.WhileIgenerallyshareyoursen mentsand
>concerns,Ifearthatthereisadangerofoverreac ngandsquelching
>freedomofspeechandacademicfreedomprotectedbytheFirstAmendment.
>ThefundamentalprincipleisthatthePentacrestisadesignatedpublic
>forum.Insuchareas,theuniversitymaynotprac ceviewpoint
>discrimina on.Thatistosay,speechonthePentacrestmaynotbe
>discriminatedagainstonthebasisofitscontent.Yes,evenanart
>piecewhosetopicistheKKKiscoveredbythisFirstAmendmentprotec on.
>
>Thecontroversial"artpiece"inques onwascreatedbyafaculty
>member,ProfessorTanyolacar.Noma erhowabhorrentitmightbeto
>segmentsoftheuniversitycommunity,thatworkofartisprotectedby
>theFirstAmendment.TheUniversityofIowacanonlyimpose me,place
>andmannerrestric onsonProfessorTanyolacar,notbanhisartonthe
>basisofitscontent.Inotherwords,theuniversitycantellhimwhen,
>where,andhowtodisplayhisartpiece.TheUniversitymaynotbanthe
>workofartfromcampusbecausetheadministra onandsegmentsofthe
>communitydonotlikethecontent.
>
>
>However,ProfessorTanyolacar'sdisplayisproblema cinthathedid
>notseekpermissionforthedisplay.Inotherwords,hedidnotgive
>theUniversitytheopportunitytoexerciseitsauthoritytodetermine
>the me,placeandmannerofthedisplay.Thechoicenottofollowthat
>procedureisproblema cinasocietyoforderedliber es.Pleasenote
>thatifProfessorTanyolacarhadsoughtpermissiontodisplaytheart

>piece,andpermissionhadbeendeniedduetothecontentofthework,
>theuniversitywouldhaveviolatedtheFirstAmendmentandacademic
>freedom,andwouldhavebeenliabletotheprofessor.
>
>TheuniversitycommunityneedstobeeducatedabouttheseFirst
>Amendmentissuesbeforefreespeechissquelchedoncampus.
>TheSupremeCourtoftheUnitedStateshasruledthat:"StateColleges
>andUniversi esarenotenclavesimmunefromthesweepoftheFirst
>Amendment"(Papishv.UniversityofMissouri).
>
>Sincerely,
>
>
>LyombeEko,PhD
>AssociateProfessor
>SchoolofJournalismandMassCommunica onCoDirector,African
>StudiesProgramUniversityofIowa
>E322AdlerJournalismBuilding
>IowaCity,Iowa52242
>Tel.3193531926
>
>
>
>
>
>
>On12/7/1412:31PM,"PresidentSallyMason"<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:
>
>>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>>
>>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,
>>hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereallmembersofour
>>campuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.Onthemorningof
>>December5,2014,a7foottallKuKluxKlanegywithacamera
>>axedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.
>>TheeectsofthedisplaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCity
>>community.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsand
>>communitymemberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>>
>>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponse
>>occursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayalmadethem
>>feelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.
>>Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidingarespec ul,allinclusive,
>>educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedto
>>worktogethertotakepreven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobe
>>surethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonour
>>campusandinourcommunity.
>>
>>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwho
>>feelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngtheUniversity
>>CounselingServiceat3357294.
>>
>>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdayto
>>prepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinputfrompeople
>>whowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeet
>>itsresponsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,sta,and
>>visitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoforma
>>commi eeofstudentsandcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonop ons
>>includingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingour
>>implicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.
>>
>>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

>>
>>
>>SallyMason
>>President
>>UniversityofIowa
>>
>>
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>

From:Mizones,TimothyJ
Sent:Sunday,December07,20141:19PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

HeySally,

Youshouldhavehadpeoplereadthear clesthatwereonthis"horriblething"itwasactuallyapiecetobringawarenessto
howterriblyracistthiscountryandcommunityis.

Thanks

________________________________________
From:PresidentSallyMason<president@uiowa.edu>
Sent:Sunday,December7,201412:50PM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:

ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall


membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.

Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe


UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillincludeinput
frompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:tobinov@gmail.comonbehalfoftobineckholt<teckholt@gmail.com>
Sent:Monday,December08,20141:30PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Cc:ProvostOce;clas@uiowa.edu
Subject:PentacrestArtResponse

DearPresidentMason,
AsanIowaAlum('98)oftheSchoolofArtandArtHistory,IamdeeplytroubledbytheUniversityofIowa'srecentresponseto
SerhatTanyolacarguerrillaartinstallation.
First,letmeconveythatIunderstandtheUIhasbeencaughtinthemiddleofthiscontroversy,andwithheightenedtensionsdueto
recentnationalevents,thattheuniversityfindsitselfunderintensescrutiny.Ialsorealizethatbecausetheartistdidnothave
permissiontodisplaythework(whichisreallyanirrelevanttechnicality),theuniversityfeltcompelledtoactswiftlytodistanceitself
fromtheartandtheartist.
However,theuniversityisalsostiflinglegitimateformsofartisticexpression(onethatsupportsthoseofrecentprotestorsnoless)
tochallengeviewerstoexamineabroaderculturalandhistoriccontext.Ineffect,theartandtheartisthavebeendemonizedbythe
institutionand,indoingthis,legitimatediscourseisshutdown.
TheseactionsgoagainsteverythingIwastaughtinmyliberalartseducationattheUniversityofIowanamely,tothoroughly
examinemyviewsandtheviewsofothers,toinvestigateandquestionpreexistingnorms,andtostrivefornewunderstandingand
considerationofotherswhetherformyownbenefit,forthecommunityIampartof,andsocietyasawhole.
Thehistoricalandculturalcontextoftheworkisclearlythereandtheresponsetotheobjectitselfisproofofthatbutadeeper
examinationofwhattheworksymbolizesandtheintentoftheartisthaseffectivelystopped,inpart,becauseofthedismissive
responsebytheuniversity.
Cateringtothe'TyrannyoftheMajority'maysolveashorttermpublicrelationsissue,butinasomewhatironictwist,Ithinkthe
reactionoftheUniversityofIowawhitewashesabroaderdiscussionofracerelations,institutionalracism,artandprotestinthe
UnitedStates.
Iimplorethatyoumakeroomfordiscussionwiththeartistinvolvedandthatanyculturalcompetencytrainingincludes
discussionabouttheroleofarttoexamineandchallengeourhistory,culture,andinstitutionsthroughsometimesshockingand
confrontationalmeans,thehistoryofartandprotestbeingalegitimateforceofchange,andthebroaderimportanceoffreedomof
expressioninhighereducation.

Otherwise,IfeartheUniversityofIowaisdoingitsstudentsagravedisserviceevenifitraisesuncomfortablequestionsaboutour
societyandourculture.
Thankyouforyourtimeandconsideration.
Sincerely,
TobinEckholt
UniversityofIowaAlum,1998
4004N.12thSt
Tacoma,WA98406
2533042944
CC:
P.BarryButler,ExecutiveVicePresidentandProvost
ChadenDjalali,DeanoftheCollegeofLiberalArtsandSciences

From:Cole,TonyaJ
Sent:Sunday,December07,20147:50PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

Sally,

Ijustwantedtoemailyouandsaythankyou.
Thankyoufortakingtimeoutofyourtimeawayfromcampusandmakingthiseventapriorityfordiscussionwithhopefulgroundsforgrowth
amoungnotonlytheUniversitybutaswellasanexampleforour/surroundingcommunities.
IcameacrossaquoteinabookthatIreadwhichIthinkyoumightfindcomplentarytothissituation.

"Betweenstimulusandresponsethereisaspace.Inthatspaceisourpowertochooseourresponse.Inourresponseliesourgrowthandour
freedom."

ViktorFrankl.

Onceagainthankyoufordoingallthatyoudo.

TonyaJ.Cole

UniversityofIowaHospitalsandClinics
OrthopedicDepartment
319.356.3844

Originalmessage
From:PresidentSallyMason
Date:Sun,Dec7,201411:55AM
Subject:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereducationinstitution,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereallmembersofourcampus
communityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKluxKlaneffigywithacameraaffixedtothedisplay
wasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.TheeffectsofthedisplaywerefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.Thatdisplay
immediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymemberstofeelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.

Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayalmadethemfeel
unwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidingarespectful,allinclusive,educational
environment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotakepreventiveactionanddoeverythingwecantobesurethat
everyonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampusandinourcommunity.

IurgeanystudentwhowasnegativelyaffectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontactingtheUniversityCounseling
Serviceat3357294.

IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofactionthatwillincludeinputfrompeoplewhowere
impactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbettermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatallstudents,faculty,staff,andvisitorsarerespected
andsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommitteeofstudentsandcommunitymemberstoadvisemeonoptionsincludingstrengthening
culturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicitbiastraining,aswemoveforward.

Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.

SallyMason
President
UniversityofIowa

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From:jenniferwatkins<watkinsjennifer7@gmail.com>
Sent:Friday,December05,20142:27PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:FormerstudentKKKNOTOLERANCE

DearSally,
InregardstotheKKKparaphernaliaeventthathappentodayoncampus,thisisNOTokayandanystudentapartofsomethingso
hatefulandignorantmustbepunished.IamwritingthisemailfromworksoIcannotbeattheprotest.Asaformerstudentwho
paidmytuitionandonewhoisseriouslycontemplatinggraduateschoolthisisnotthekindofcampusIwanttobeapartof...and
it'sashame.It'spainful,thoughIwillneverunderstandmyfriends,myclassmates,mypeersexperienceIfeeltheirpain.So
pleasestepupasaleaderandmakesurestudentsknowthatthiskindofbehaviorisNOTACCEPTABLEortolerated.
Goodday.

From:Jones,WilliamL
Sent:Sunday,December07,20142:49PM
To:president@uiowa.edu
Subject:Re:[UnivAdm]UniversityResponsetoPentacrestArtDisplay

DearPresidentMason,

Thankyouforyouremailand melyresponsetothe"artincident"onFriday.It'sdiculttobelieveafellowfacultymember
couldbesoinsensitiveornavetothinkhisinstillationwashelpfulinanywaytoourpresentorpastracialproblems.Thoseof
uswhoareoldenoughtohavelivedthroughcivilrightsstrugglesofthe60'sandknowthehistoryofhatredanddiscrimina on
aresaddenedbyhisdisplay.

Iamgratefulforyourresponseandtherepresenta vesofyouradministra onwhowereinterviewedinthenewspaper.You


can'tknowinadvancewhatindividualsareconsidering,andinthiscase,carryoutwithoutreques ngpermissionandusingthe
earlymorningbeforeclassestomaketheir"statement".Thanksforyoureortstoaddresstheissue.Yourunderstandingand
communica ontoallisappreciated.

William

Dr.WilliamLaRueJones
Professor&CollegiateFellow
DirectorofOrchestralStudies
ConductorofOrchestras&Opera
UniversityifIowa
3193351628

>OnDec7,2014,at12:53PM,PresidentSallyMason<president@uiowa.edu>wrote:
>
>DearMembersoftheUniversityCommunity:
>
>ThegoaloftheUniversityofIowa,asahighereduca onins tu on,hasalwaysbeentoprovideanenvironmentwhereall
membersofourcampuscommunityfeelsafeandtoday,wefailed.OnthemorningofDecember5,2014,a7foottallKuKlux
Klanegywithacameraaxedtothedisplaywasinstalledwithoutpermissiononourcampus.Theeectsofthedisplay
werefeltthroughouttheIowaCitycommunity.ThatdisplayimmediatelycausedBlackstudentsandcommunitymembersto
feelterrorizedandtofearfortheirsafety.
>
>Theuniversity'sresponsewasnotadequate,nordidthatresponseoccursoonenough.Ourstudentstellusthatthisportrayal
madethemfeelunwelcomedandthattheylosttrustintheUniversityofIowa.Forfailingtomeetourgoalofprovidinga
respec ul,allinclusive,educa onalenvironment,theuniversityapologizes.Allofusneedtoworktogethertotake
preven veac onanddoeverythingwecantobesurethateveryonefeelswelcome,respected,andprotectedonourcampus
andinourcommunity.
>
>Iurgeanystudentwhowasnega velyaectedbythisincidentwhofeelsaneedforsupporttoconsidercontac ngthe
UniversityCounselingServiceat3357294.
>
>IwillmeetwithstudentsandotherswhenIreturnnextWednesdaytoprepareadetailedplanofac onthatwillinclude
inputfrompeoplewhowereimpactedbytoday'sincidentabouthowtheUIcanbe ermeetitsresponsibilitytoensurethatall
students,faculty,sta,andvisitorsarerespectedandsafe.Iintendtomovequicklytoformacommi eeofstudentsand
communitymemberstoadvisemeonop onsincludingstrengtheningculturalcompetencytrainingandreviewingourimplicit
biastraining,aswemoveforward.
>
>Pleasejoinmeintheimportantworkahead.
>
>
>SallyMason
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