After making national news for campus protests and resignations, the university took significant steps to improve campus diversity.
The vote for a diversity course requirement passed with 75 percent of support from faculty who voted.
After Concerned Student 1950 released a Prezi presentation Feb. 24, people on Twitter reacted with #StillConcerned.
Their first two demands were left off the presentation.
Professor Joan Hermsen: “We want to see students engaging with the material and bringing their personal life experiences to the kinds of questions that are raised in courses.”
“They’re supposed to be a support function, but somehow they are dictating academics … so what value is (the) system supposed to play?” council member Jung Ha-Brookshire asked.
The changes made in the proposal would allow students to select from pre-existing courses at MU that have been approved to educate on the subject of diversity.
Students have wanted this requirement as a means of promoting a campus-wide conversation on inclusivity for decades.
The Diversity Enhancement Committee hopes to improve MU’s cultural “competency and inclusivity” over a multi-year plan.
An analysis of the diversity education at Summer Welcome as an incoming freshman
With continued displays of ignorance across campus, more administrative action is needed to improve students’ lives and well-being.
Instead of simply pointing to statistics and numbers for diversity, MU needs to put an emphasis on improving the student experience.
Students requested administration to create an “intergroup dialogue course” and reevaluate the way it recruits underrepresented students.
Issues like cultural competency remain an important topic, but council members believe mandatory cultural competency courses are unrealistic.
The “Ferguson Listening Session” on Monday highlighted an urgency to discuss solutions to racial issues on campus.
The council also heard a report from the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates meeting and discussed eLearning.
Harry Tyrer is the new chairman of Faculty Council.
Council members are analyzing reasons why people voted against the proposal.
Faculty Council will push for a second vote on the initiative.
A revised version is in the works.