In the wake of recent local and national events, student activism at the University of Kansas has produced constructive dialogue among students, staff, and faculty surrounding issues of race and social justice. Student Senate strongly encourages these discussions to continue, as they are crucial to a community that strives for continuous improvement.
In the past, Student Senate has made efforts to address the status of minorities at KU. Last year, a report was released in response to the forthcoming increase in admissions standards and its possible negative effects on minority students, and we have expanded that committee to take on additional charges. However, with minority issues, these concerns are often not understood by the Senate body as a whole.
We have been called upon to prioritize the needs of multicultural students, who have felt largely ignored and unheard by this body. The mission of Student Senate includes the call to “further the cultural, social, and political growth of KU students,” as well as “build a vital and thriving University community.” This community cannot thrive without a Student Senate that is fully representative of and responsive to all students, especially marginalized groups.
We hear your frustration, and we commit to creating accountability within our organization. Internal discussions regarding how we can educate ourselves and be more inclusive are ongoing. We extend this invitation to anyone who wishes to get involved in Student Senate to contact us, and we will be intentionally reaching out to those we have been missing.
We are glad to hear students using their voices to pressure their government into action, and it is our responsibility as the student government to adhere to the needs of our constituents and empathize with the concerns of our peers. We will be contacting multicultural organizations before spring classes start, and we look forward to implementing change together.
Morgan Said, Student Body President
Miranda Wagner, Student Body Vice President