March 13, 2018 Dr. Latini, advocate for our students of color, is fired. There is no evidence that she was fired for her advocacy. The Board has issued no public statement concerning the specific reasoning behind her termination as president, but they have issued an apology.
Either before or after this vote by the Board of Trustees to terminate Dr. Latini’s presidency multiple members of the Board resign which results in the Board having too few members to meet quorum as designated by the Board of Trustees bylaws. Bishop Dunlop becomes acting president.
It is important to note here that Bishop Dunlop had been present at two Board meetings prior to becoming acting-president in which students of color brought their experiences of systemic ULS racism to the attention of the Board of Trustees. No action was taken by the Board. 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