Students of Eastern Michigan University have joined more than fifty universities and colleges in demand of an end to systemic and structural racism on campus.
The Black Student 10-point Plan –a collective response to anti-blackness, released on November 19, 2015, and highlighted during Thursday’s Forum on Race and Discrimination at the McKenny Ballroom, demands that campus leadership invest in the health and welling being of students of color, implement academics and university-wide political education, and finance on-going training for EMUPD.
Eastern Michigan University Board of Directors, the Division of Academic and Human Affairs, alumni and community residents attended the forum about Institutional Racism in Higher Ed, including participants from the Black Student Union, the Middle Eastern Student Association, and the Native American Student Organization.
The Office of Diversity and Community Involvement noted that administrators and Interim President Kim Schatzel are already taking significant action to reduce cultural dissonance, and incorporate cultural competency training into academic curricula.
TheDemands.org lists fifty public and private universities across the nation that recognize the need for national action and pledge to accelerate the transition to policy reform while enhancing sustainable, ethical practices on their campuses.