The Mission of the Latino Faculty and Staff Council at Indiana University Bloomington is to provide a forum for understanding the issues of concern to the Bloomington and IU Latino communities. The council will serve as spokesperson and work in collaboration with university administrators, faculty and staff to address the issues of recruitment, retention, graduation and promotion of Latino faculty, staff and students.
The Latino Faculty and Staff Council (LFASC), founded in the spring of 2002, is an organization that represents the diverse Latino community at Indiana University. Its commitment is to build fellowship among Latinos and to address issues that face Latino faculty, staff and students on the Bloomington campus.
Statement Against Racism and Anti-Blackness
The Latino Faculty and Staff Council (LFASC) unequivocally denounces racism and bigotry in all its forms. We stand with our Black brothers and sisters, including Black Latinxs and Afro-latinxs, in their struggle for equality, inclusion, and against oppression. We hear the voices of those suffering and stand in solidarity with Black students, colleagues, coworkers, family and friends. Their struggles are different from ours in important ways, both historically and in the present; however, we share many of the concerns expressed in the current outrage. Their fight is our fight.
We commit to the ongoing support of these efforts and actively seek to combat anti-blackness and violence against people of color. None of us will live freely until all people of color are free from persecution and injustice. The LFSAC brings together people from different countries, cultures, languages, races, and backgrounds, and we draw on these facts as a source of our collective strength. Now more than ever, we need sustained commitments to institutional change and venues through which our communities can foster change. We reiterate our charge to improve our campus and continue to serve as a voice for Latinx faculty, staff and students on campus. Through a number of initiatives, the LFSAC works to educate our campus and advocate for our communities.
We are here to listen and invite you to get involved. Please contact the Council to share any of your ideas and concerns about living and working on campus, and how we might improve our campus and city climate. If you have a specific grievance, consider contacting the appropriate office from the list below. If we are unable to help, we will connect you with people who can.