On July 8, Florida A&M University sent out an email informing students, staff and faculty about Adetosoye Oladokun, a FAMU graduate who was reported missing in the Washington area. This email and the all-out blitz on Twitter and other social media possibly helped find Oladokun, because he was located just two days later on July 10.
FAMU has a reputation for always looking out for those in the “FAMUly,” and these recent events further prove it.
According to FAMU President Larry Robinson, the Office of Communications was notified by a College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences administrator that Oladokun was missing. Robinson explained how important keeping current and former students safe is to the university.
“The university has always made the safety of our students a top priority. There are more than 75,000 FAMU alumni nationally and internationally and we do encourage former students to sign up for FAMU Blackboard Connect so they can receive text messages and emails about safety-related occurrences,” Robinson told The Famuan.
Robinson also spoke about how keeping FAMU students and faculty safe requires a collective effort by all.
“Students, faculty and staff are urged to continue to be the eyes and ears of our university. Safety is our collective responsibility. We encourage students, faculty and staff to report all suspicious activities to the FAMU Police or call 911,” Robinson said.
Robinson also urged people to remember to say smoothing if they see smoothing.
FAMU alumni are encouraged to know that FAMU will always do its best to protect them. Nyasia Jackson is a FAMU alumna, and says she knows that she can count on her “people.” “FAMU is a home away from home. I know that I will forever be protected by my people at all costs. I know that by them using their platform on a local and national level it brings a better chance of bringing justice to my family and friends,” Jackson said.
However, some current students at FAMU aren’t so impressed. Brionca Hines is a student at FAMU and she doesn’t feel any different about FAMU’s dedication to safety.
“It doesn’t make me feel any different honestly. People were retweeting about it but they weren’t out there looking for him,” Hines said.
To help keep FAMU students and staff safe you can contact FAMU police at 850-599-3256.