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."
✓ Belonging and Community Justice (BCJ) structure and staff in place
_ Strengthen working group structure
_ Hold spring 2017 working group meeting
_ Evaluate BCJ structure to enhance efficacy and hire staff