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Mascot Study Group
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Our values of free inquiry, ethical stewardship and open community call us to continually examine the language, symbols and iconography we use to present Capital University to our global world. As an inclusive community of learners, we are open to understanding and exploring concerns that have been expressed periodically about Capital’s Crusader mascot and its symbolism in our world today. Most recently, critical consideration of our mascot was raised in the strategic planning process, and again in a petition signed by more than 500 members urging examination.
We are committed to dialogue that is rooted in respect for all positions, regardless of the outcome. I have convened a Mascot Study Group to examine the matter from all perspectives. Co-chaired by Dr. Sally Creasap and Dr. Tanya Poteet, the study group is charged to consider the university’s use of the Crusader nickname and mascot as a representation of the university, its mission and its values. Members of the study group are:
I have urged the group to objectively evaluate all arguments on this issue, both pro and con, and use that evaluation to provide me conclusions and recommendations it believes would be in the best interests of the university and its constituents, defined broadly. If the study group determines that it is in the best interests of Capital to recommend a change, the study group will have the further responsibility to develop key principles to be considered in the separate process of making a change.
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The group will engage in an educational process of evaluation and deliberation informed by scholarly works, historical analysis, the experiences of other schools, and opinions expressed through surveys and personal testimony, as well as other appropriate sources of information. Broad input from our university stakeholder groups will be sought by the work group.
I expect an interim report on the study group’s research by April 30, 2019, and a report on the group’s conclusions and recommendations by October 31, 2019.
Thank you for engaging with the study group in this important self-reflection, and for supporting our effort to fully live our mission and values.