IVSLO Statement on Racism

Dear IVSLO,

The vision team & staff would like to share a few words on the current events around racism. These kinds of letters are very difficult to write, so please read this with a posture of grace, humility, and curiosity. 

First of all, we would like to acknowledge and advocate against racism and systemic injustice that exists in America that heavily impacts Black communities. We also want to grieve and repent from our own IVSLO chapter’s contribution in perpetuating this injustice by failing to create welcoming spaces for Black students and faculty. Lastly, we recognize that this is a complex matter, and we are not going to “get it right” on the first try. We want to leave room for us to grow and learn as we serve our mission to be a blessing to our campus. 

Here are some ways that you can respond with action:

  • Pray and fast with faith for God to establish his Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Listen and learn with curiosity especially from Black communities.
  • Check-in on your Black friends, but know that they may want some space instead.
  • Stay in dialogue with one another and contact staff for a discussion around this topic.
  • If you feel convicted to do so, prayerfully participate in peaceful protests and petitions to bring systemic change in our society.

Lastly, more than ever, this is the time when we need to practice careful perspective taking, and practice lending grace and compassion towards others who may not share the same opinions. It is our deepest desire that our InterVarsity community will be known amongst our campus as a group of people who lay down their comfort, rights, and privileges to serve, love, and be a blessing to our neighbors. Beyond hearing the good news of Jesus Christ, may the people who interact with us on campus and wherever we go EXPERIENCE the good news of Jesus Christ through us. 

Paul Cha

Maddie Cummings

Denise Man

Chloe Yousling

Christine Okimura

Abbey Affonso

Brandon Klever