9/18/20 – For the latest on this story, read the Campus Carrier’s report on Berry’s current investigation into the posts.
By Annie Deitz, Campus Carrier Managing Editor
Sunday night, a series of posts regarding the Black Lives Matter organization and structural racism was uploaded onto the Instagram story of Matt Mixer, an Area Coordinator for Residence Life.
After several stories were uploaded elaborating on the ideas, a brief Question and Answer session was then posted to Mixer’s story as well utilizing the Instagram question sticker.
On Monday afternoon, President Steve Briggs sent out an email to the Berry community explaining that an incident involving a Residence Life staff member is currently being investigated by the Berry College Human Resources Department, and that the employee has been placed on administrative leave.
“Berry is committed to being a welcoming and diverse campus that encourages positive discussions, fosters generous actions and forms intentional friendships in a caring environment,” the email from Briggs said. “We must continue to build bridges, through our words and actions, that allow people of different backgrounds, interests and experiences to flourish side by side.”
For updates, follow the continued coverage of this issue from the Carrier and Viking Fusion. Look out for stories on the matter in the Carrier’s print issue, out Thursday afternoon.