Demand 6: Student Involvement

via community letter, Nov. 11, 2015:

"The Campus Life Compact which, yet again, came out of frustration with lack of response by administration to racialized experiences on campus and President Wagner's compromise comment asked for a program that "engage[d] the campus community in training, discussion, education, and promotion of the challenges faced by students of color on campus." One such diversity initiative that was implemented as a result of the Compact, Creating Emory, which has been ineffective in its execution of these pre-agreed goals. As a result, we demand that Black students and students/staff/faculty of color should be consulted when making any university-wide diversity initiatives. These diversity initiatives, including Social justice Week by College Council and the like, have been surface level and even when the input of students of color is requested, their suggestions are still marginalized. Diversity initiatives should not be made from the standpoint of the dominant group (white men and women) or to ensure the comfort of the predominantly white student population at Emory. We demand that the purpose of these initiatives should be to ensure the comfort of the black students population at Emory and to enlighten white students about systematic oppression."

Malik Alexander, Lynell Cadray, Wanda Collins, Andrea Grant, Glory James, Bria Jarrell, Ed Lee, Maurice Middleton, Deandre Miles-Hercules, Jamani Montague, Suzanne Onorato, Lolade Oshin, Justin Shaw, DeLa Sweeney*, Candy Tate, Nathyia Watson, Leila Yavari

*Social Justice Process Owner

Establish Structures to Support Additional Sustainable Change

 Establish Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency (CASA2). (August 2016)

 Expand working group and identify roles. (August 2016)

_ Fill staff positions in CASA2 in Belonging & Community Justice, as well as Director of Curriculum Development & Implementation. (August 2016)

Student Trainings

 Survey and evaluate current offerings and initiatives; prioritize areas of focus. (Fall 2016)

 Identify desired learning outcomes. (Fall 2016)

_ Develop new initiatives and trainings for Fall 2017 implementation. (Spring 2017)