Lyndsay Maas apologizes for use of N-word via all-campus email

The Channels Opinion Pages | STATEMENT

Lyndsay Maas, Vice President of Business Services

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

Vice President of Business Services Lyndsay Maas requested that Anthony Beebe distribute her apology via email Nov. 20 in response to a recent controversy around her use of a racial slur while quoting a student. The full story about the controversy can be found here. 

Dear Dr. Beebe:

In light of me being put on administrative leave, I ask that you share this letter of
apology with all staff, faculty, and students on my behalf.

To begin, I would like to briefly explain what occurred last week that has led to requests for my resignation at Monday’s board meeting: During a gender equity work group meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, we were discussing the challenges of creating survey questions that capture why students don’t or may not feel safe on campus. A staff member stated that our black/African American students feel unsafe because they hear the n-word directed at them on campus. I then repeated that statement but used the unabbreviated version of the n-word. I should not have used that word and sincerely apologize for this mistake that has caused so many such pain. I apologize to the entire campus community and to all black/African American students, faculty and staff.

That word should never be used in any context as it only serves to perpetuate racism, and I was complicit. I recognize that I need to reflect on what took place and do thoughtful, informed work to educate myself. I committed to complete the following anti-racism courses to increase my personal awareness of how to better serve SBCC:

1. Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA) Learning –
online courses
2. Affective Learning Institute (ALI) – in person multi-day training
3. Crossroads Antiracism Training or equivalent course – in person multi-day
4. Ally for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Achievement Award
Program (offered by SBCC) – in person training courses over extended time period I will spend my future at SBCC more aware of how words can cause pain. Additionally, I will continue to be a part of the changes needed to help battle on-campus racism at SBCC.

With my sincerest apologies,
Lyndsay Maas