A Timeline of LMU's Response to Black Lives Matter: June 4 - June 11, 2020

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LMU students, faculty and staff take to the streets to protest for Black Lives Matter. Photo via Alejandra Alarcon on Twitter
A Timeline of LMU's Response to Black Lives Matter: June 4 - June 11, 2020
By Raven Yamamoto

Updated as of June 11, 2020 at  11:56 P.M. PST.

Agency has created a chronological timeline of how LMU’s students, faculty and staff have responded to George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

We have also documented which organizations have made official statements and when they were made based on permanent Instagram posts. Organizations that may or may not have made statements using disappearing Instagram stories are not reflected in these lists. 

This article will be updated as time goes on and as more information is made available. 

June 4: Brothers of Consciousness reaches $23,000 in fundraising.
  • New organizations to make official statements: Indigenous Student Union, MAGIS Service Organization, Sursum Corda Service Organization, Agape Service Organization, Crimson Circle Service Organization, Softball, Debate Team, Korean American Student Association, RADIX, Latinx Student Union, Fashion Society, Ski and Board, Sigma Chi
  • Brothers of Consciousness (BOC) reached $23,000 in donations, surpassing their fundraising goal of $20,000 with the help of more student organizations.
    Their new fundraising goal was set for $40,000.
  • Queer Film Club announced a new lineup of film screenings for the month of June dedicated to Black voices in documentaries. The club will meet every Saturday to watch titles including Jewel’s Catch One, Strong Island, and Paris is Burning.

June 5: The community raises $40,000 on Breonna Taylor’s birthday.
  • New organizations to make official statements: Transcendence, Office of Research and Creative Arts, Loyola Law School, On Another Note, School of Education, Association of Computing Machinery, Moods Radio
  • BOC reaches $40,000 in fundraising, doubling their previous total in partnership with 35 LMU organizations. This milestone comes in less than 72 hours since the beginning of their campaign.
  • Their next fundraising goal was set for $50,000.

June 6: Students organize a peaceful demonstration for Black Lives Matter.
  • LMU students, faculty and staff met at the corner of Lincoln Blvd. and LMU Drive in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff were in attendance, waving signs.
  • Rising senior Sahara Martinez organized the protest with the help of fellow students. African American Studies professor Dr. Stefan Bradley addressed the crowd before they took to the streets to stop traffic, marching toward Jefferson Blvd.
  • When the group returned to LMU Drive, they occupied the intersection at Lincoln Blvd, kneeling for nine minutes to pay respects to George Floyd who died after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. 
  • The group then marched toward Sepulveda, near Los Angeles Airport (LAX), stopping traffic again, this time kneeling for nine minutes in front of the Los Angeles Police Department.
  • The protest ended around 3:30 P.M.

June 7: Lean In LMU and Tech Club make official statements of solidarity.

June 8: The community continues to heal.
  • New organizations to make official statements: Honors

June 9: University departments and officials make statements and provide resources.
  • The LMU Community Coalition is formed. Led by BOC, representatives from various student organizations were put in communication to establish a forum for collaboration beyond current events.
  • The coalition includes representatives from various parts of campus such as Greek Life, the Service Organization Community, and other Registered Student Organizations.
  • Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Lane Bove addresses students in a letter expressing support of Black Lives Matter and directing them to sources of support from the university.

June 11: The Learning Community creates space for Black mental health and support.
  • For their annual “Brother to Brother, Sister to Sister” event, The Learning Community (TLC) partnered with BOC and Sisters in Solidarity (SIS) to create a space exclusively for Black students to discuss mental health and “to connect, support, and be supported during these unique times.”
  • Student Psychological Services’ Dr. Tracy Shaw and TLC alumni Alex Dorsey from Mending Minds Counseling facilitated the conversation.
Organizations that have yet to make official statements via permanent posts on Instagram:

  • LMU Sorority and Fraternity Life
  • Order of Omega
  • Delta Kappa Alpha
  • United Greek Council
  • Alpha Sigma Nu
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • The Cage
  • Athletes in Action
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Water Polo
  • Esports
  • Ice Hockey
  • Club Ultimate
  • College of Business Administration 
  • Office of Black Student Services
  • Ethnic and Intercultural Services
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Public Safety 
  • KLMU
  • Tower Yearbook
  • LMU Dining
  • Thomas P. Kelly Art Gallery 
  • National Residence Hall Honorary
  • El Espejo
  • M-School
  • The Loft
  • Study Abroad 
  • Tau Sigma Honor Society
  • Conference and Event Services
  • Residence Hall Association 
  • Program Assistants
  • HR Wellness
  • Mane Entertainment
  • Center for Reconciliation and Justice
  • LMU Student Workers
  • Wellness Educators
  • Kuumba
  • National Association of Black Journalists
  • Laser Squad Bravo
  • LM-UMatch
  • Student Brewing Club
  • EmpowerHER 
  • Auto Club
  • Armenian Student Association
  • Eco Students
  • Student Veterans Organization
  • Young Americans For Freedom 
  • Best Buddies

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