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Written by on November 22, 2022

By: Gabriella Raful

On November 11th, a group of Villanova students was subjected to racial slurs yelled from a moving vehicle. Since the incident occurred on Ithan Avenue, it was officially referred to Radnor Police, who have jurisdiction over that roadway. At this time, there is no information to suggest that a member of the Villanova community was involved in this matter. Although the incident does not seem to be an act by members of the Villanova community, and the roadway is not campus jurisdiction, Father Peter stated those details are of little to no importance. He explained that what does matter is that members of our community were made to feel unsafe, intimidated and dehumanized within the borders of campus. Father Peter stated, “As a University community, we must fervently condemn this behavior. And as an Augustinian Catholic institution, built upon the ideals of Veritas, Unitas and Caritas, we will not tolerate any form of racism or prejudice on our campus or within our community.” 

In related news, President Fr. Peter Donohue recently sent out an email requesting student participation in an important survey regarding student perspectives and experiences related to the climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Villanova. The University wants to understand how well they are doing in promoting and supporting the community’s commitment to creating connections across different genders, races, cultures, faiths, beliefs, and orientations. The survey is anonymous and will take about 10 minutes to complete.