THON Issues Statement On Alleged Racism, Releases Inclusivity Survey

THON 2021 Executive Director Katie Solomon released a statement Wednesday addressing alleged discrimination against Black students both “in and outside of THON.”

“There should never be tolerance for racial slurs, bias[ed] decision making, or exclusion for any reason,” Solomon wrote. “THON’s mission at its core is to serve others and that starts with every member of our community.”

Solomon’s statement comes after students shared stories on social media regarding alleged discriminatory experiences within THON. Additionally, a former volunteer drew criticism last month for taking a picture with a swastika drawn on her back.

To help create some changes within the organization, THON created a seven-question, anonymous survey to gather students’ feedback and ideas on how to potentially improve the organization’s culture.

Students can select whether or not they want to meet individually with THON leadership to discuss their experiences or be part of a small group roundtable for an open conversation about these issues.

THON plans to release a detailed plan on these new initiatives and select volunteers prior to the new round of committee applications, which occurs in late August.

Responses to the survey will be accepted through the end of August. Questions or concerns can be sent to Katie Solomon at [email protected].

“We are hopeful that this will be a tangible step towards the future of a more inclusive, welcoming, and educated THON Community,” Solomon wrote.

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