March 28, 2018 Philly students send acting-president Bishop Dunlop the narrative of racism at ULS/LTSP. This is the same email narrative that was shared with the Student Executive Committee on March 23. An edited version of this narrative may be read here.
It is important to note that at least one of the many claims filed by students, substantiated by an independent HR investigation, and confirmed by current Board Chair Rev. Dr. Peter Boehringer in August 2018 states that both Bishop Dunlop as an individual and the ULS Board of Trustees as a whole was “delayed in addressing concerns brought by African-American students”. Though students made many attempts to address their concerns directly with the Bishop beginning in September of 2017, he never publicly addressed student concerns surrounding the specific acts of discrimination and racism perpetuated by ULS employees, and he never associated his future apologies for his own actions as directly related to his utilization of a racist trope in a staff meeting on March 27, 2018. It is only after this timeline was made public (Oct. 10, 2018) that Bishop Dunlop resigned from the ULS Board of Trustees.
Rightly contextualized, Bishop Dunlop’s actions may be seen as both an individual’s acts which are also part of the ongoing systemic issue of racism specific to ULS. Many of the proposed policies in the ULS Policy Survey seek to address these ongoing systemic issues in the ULS community. This announcement is part of the timeline of racism at United Lutheran Seminary