Often times being a minority is to be ignored. This isn't the first time that Mizzou has ignored this issue about racial disparity. Mizzou has continued to not move swiftly in solving these matters and try to repair their good name they once had. They created an imaginary office with empty promises. I and other members of the Black Caucus met with Mizzou leadership back in November regarding their planned office of diversity and their budget. It is now April and little has been to achieve a true change.We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
This commission is another example of buying the University time instead of earnestly making a fruitful attempt at creating change. Without including penalty provisions for failing to implement the commission's recommendations and with no guarantee that there will be diverse representation, it is my sincere belief that this resolution will prove inept. They may have restored the budget cuts for this university, but it will take longer to restore the faith minorities used to have in this flagship institution.
Minorities want to be treated like they are a part of this university system. Mizzou was responsive to the Melissa Click issue, but it is not just her that is the problem. I have absolutely no confidence in Interim President Mike Middleton. He has over 30 years of experience at this University and has not given any true effort in implementing plans and has shown a history of a lack of action.
At this time, I just don't see how any minority can trust the University of Missouri. I encourage any prospective student who believes in equality, a positive campus climate, and productive leadership to rethink enrolling at Mizzou. It is time Mizzou realizes that they are not too big to fail and that they will be held accountable. I will continue to fight this battle until we see some progressive change and they finally become the flagship university that Missouri deserves.
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