In preparation for last week’s Global Fest, volunteers hung 92 flags from around the world in the University Center. Some time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, one was stolen.
Global Fest is the annual celebration of diversity at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Those who attended Thursday were able to learn about the many cultures and communities represented on campus via food, entertainment, interactive activities and table displays. The event was held in the University Center’s Kochoff Hall.
Wednesday, the campus community received an email from Interim Vice Chancellor Ray Metz. One of the flags had been stolen and a police report had been filed with public safety.
“One of the things we take pride in on this campus is our commitment to inclusion,” Metz wrote in his email. “One person may have chosen not to have been a part of our community yesterday.”
“If you believe in the University of Michigan-Dearborn as an inclusive community,” he continued. “please make an extra effort to show your support by attending the Global Fest.”
Reetha Raveendran, the director of the Office for Student Engagement said the flag was replaced the next day.
Raveendran declined to offer any further information about the investigation into who may have stolen the flag or to confirm rumors about which flag was stolen.
“It is more important to acknowledge that such an incident occurred where we pride ourselves on being inclusive,” Raveendran said.