U OF M FACULTY MOBILIZE TO SUPPORT STUDENT DEMANDS FOR DIVERSITY
On February 9, 2015, Minnesota State Troopers arrested 13 students from Whose Diversity?, a student collective at the U of M. Whose Diversity? demands that the University of Minnesota administration move beyond merely proclaiming support for diversity by demonstrating its commitment through concrete actions. While the administration has published many glossy photographs and stale reports about “campus climate,” it has yet to take any actions that address the core concerns raised by students. This lack of progress prompted students to stage a peaceful sit-in in President Kaler’s office, which culminated in the arrest of 13 students. We, Faculty in Support of Whose Diversity?, are mobilizing to express our dismay at the administration’s heavy-handed response to a peaceful protest; to show our solidarity with the U of M students who engaged in non-violent dissent; and to support our students in their call for meaningful action on diversity.
WHERE: Morrill Hall on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
1) We demand that the University adhere to its promise not to press charges against the students and we demand that the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (OSCAI) refrain from sanctioning the students in any way.
2) We demand that the administration take concrete steps to address Whose Diversity?’s demands, with particular emphasis on: working with the College of Liberal Arts to increase faculty and staff in the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies and to initiate a cluster hire of faculty of color (as put forth by the Consortium for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality--RIGS), working with the College of Education and Human Development to reverse the decision to close the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, and removing descriptions of race and complexion from UMPD crime alerts.
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