March 13, 2018 Dr. Krentz admits in session with student, Dean and faculty to stating “I am a racist” in front of a class.
Dr. Krentz did write a letter of apology to his students in the spring 2018 semester once he was spurred to act by this student led inquiry. Still, these failures to rightly frame one’s own implicit bias are part of a larger systemic issue which the Board of Trustees and faculty have failed to address. These systemic failures may be due in part to our leaders unwillingness to hold their peers to account for the racism enacted upon students in the past year. Many of the proposed policies in the ULS Policy Survey seek to address these ongoing systemic issues in the ULS community.
It is important to note here that the claims filed by students concerning Dr. Krentz’s implicit bias expressed through racist words and actions have been investigated by a human resources firm hired by the Board of Trustees. As of July 2018 these complaints have been substantiated and reported to the board. Dr. Krentz then resigned as a member of the faculty and ULS students were notified on August 2, 2018. This announcement is part of the timeline of racism at United Lutheran Seminary.