Statement from the Student Senate Office
April 28, 2015
Over the past several months, Student Senate has been called upon to address issues of diversity, social justice, and cultural sensitivity on campus and within our own chambers. The open forum last December, establishing the Student Senate Director of Diversity & Inclusion, hiring Jameelah Jones as the first Director, and the various meetings held and bills passed this semester are strong indicators of the direction Student Senate has taken to become more representative and active in these issues.
However, there is still plenty to be done. Students at KU experience racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and otherwise marginalizing behavior in all spaces of campus every day. With recent events on campus and nationwide, it is important to engage in conversation and listen intently to those who feel unsafe. We believe that the events of this year and the issues brought to light during this year’s election season have called for a Senate that must work intentionally to make KU an inclusive and safe place for all students. As the new Student Senate executive staff and senators transition into their new roles, we urge them to continue these discussions and push for continued change on campus.
We encourage Student Senate moving forward to ensure these conversations reach the ears of administration, faculty, and staff, as they are also essential to making campus safe for all students. We ask that the student body keep Senate accountable and consider joining the Senate body to engage in this collaborative process.
Morgan Said, Student Body President
Miranda Wagner, Student Body Vice President
Jameelah Jones, Student Senate Director of Diversity & Inclusion