OUR DEMANDS

  1.   We demand there be a plan to increase the number of scholarship dollars awarded to students from marginalized backgrounds, including low-income or racial minorities, be increased by 10% over the next year. The lack of retention of students of color on this campus, particularly black students, lies in affordability. Increase our scholarship dollars and we can stay.
  2.       There needs to be a grand diversification of the academic core curriculum, including the passing of the Social Justice Proposal created by Faculty Senate, a creation of a Black Studies major, mandating that the Indianapolis Community Requirement (ICR) become more integrated within the Indianapolis community and removing the COPHS and COB Text and Ideas substitute and ICR course. Until we are forced to learn about diversity, we will remain ignorant as a campus.
  3.       Create a plan to implement the recommendations from the Diversity Commission Report by utilizing the VP of Diversity, HR and Wellness, filling the position of the Associate Director of the Diversity Center, and creating a capacity for students to express their civil rights grievances in the same way that students can express issues with sexual assault. This plan should work to investigate the overall “Butler Experience” that students from Butler actually graduate with, because there is an inaccurate description of Butler students after graduation, considering our miniscule endowment.
  4.       We demand greater racial diversity within student employment, particularly with non-service-oriented jobs on campus. Butler’s food service oriented jobs are dominated by students of color, particularly black students, while non-food service-oriented jobs are dominated by white students. Changing this dynamic is pivotal in the process of reprioritizing Butler’s approach to diversity, because as long as students of color serve their white counterparts, we are contributing to the problem.
  5.       Increase the funding for Butler University Student Government Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Board by 25% and an increase in funding for the Diversity Center by 25%. This way, we can put our money where our mouth should be, and that’s advocating for diversity at the same rate as we do any other initiatives on this campus.

BUTLER UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION:

YOU HAVE UNTIL MONDAY, MARCH 28TH @ 5PM

TO RESPOND TO THESE DEMANDS OR

WE WILL INITIATE OUR MULTI-STEP ACTION PLAN.

7 thoughts on “OUR DEMANDS

  1. This is going beyond asking for equality and straight up looking for special treatment. In what you are saying is a campaign to “reduce ignorance,” you are simply showing how ignorant YOU are.

    The best example of this is your first point. Saying that affordability is the primary reason that retention of students of color is silly: affordability is the reason a large portion of ALL students who drop out, transfer, or leave do so, regardless of the color of their skin. Shouldn’t, then, scholarships be increased for ALL students for the sake of fairness?

    The naivety continues in your other points, but I don’t want to elaborate too much on this because I can guarantee that you won’t approve this comment. I know how WordPress works and I know that you want this site to be an echo-chamber for your own, misguided beliefs.

    You placed posters that weren’t approved by PULSE all over campus which make a direct threat to the university. That’s a great way to get the administration to respect you.

    What is all of this going to change? I’ll give you a hint: not much, if anything.

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  2. THIS IS A DEMAND WITH NO DETAILED SUPPORT OR DATA. GIVEN THE CLAIMS CAN CLEARLY BE INVESTIGATED AND SUPPORTED BY DATA, THIS IS NO DOUBT TRYING TO HAVE EMOTIONAL APPEAL. BUSINESS LEADERS ARE NOT SUBJECTIVE TO EMOTIONAL MOVEMENTS. THEY ARE ANALYTICAL, DATA DRIVEN PEOPLE THAT USE DATA TO GUIDE THEIR DECISIONS. UNLESS YOU PROVIDE SOME, YOUR DEMANDS ARE 100% SUBJECTIVE, WHICH MEANS THEY’RE JUST AN OPINION, NOT IN FACT TRUE REALITIES THAT NEED ADDRESSING!!

    Your flier said to go to your website to find more detail on your demands. Well here I am and there is no more detail to be found than the demands themselves.

    Lets start with the first point: Where are the statistics and analysis to support that Butler does not provide scholarship dollars to marginalized families? Secondly, the lack of retention of students, particularly black kids, is a function of it’s affordability? I’m not denying this claim, but please show me some data on the GPA’s and other factors that elect to leave after a year by race. And no, that isn’t a comment about how people of race have different GPA’s or a comment about race at all. That’s a comment about having data to support your claim. My main gripe is that everybody struggles with the cost of Butler tuition, but once you get their, they attempt to make it evident that the investment is worth the return. Regardless of race, this statement is true. If you want to make the claim that Butler creates an environment that makes it more difficult for non-white students to learn compared to white students, that is a subjective claim that atleast don’t have to back up with data.

    Where is the data that Butler is not racially diverse within student employment. Where are the statistics that Butler funding for the Diversity Center is lower than a comparable organization? Again,Please show me the data that supports that white students hold a higher percentage of non-service jobs relative to the percentage of white students in the entire campus population.

    “As long as students of color serve their white counterparts, we are contributing to the problem.” This is a crazy comment. Why is this about race? Butler employees people from the Indianapolis community that want and need jobs to support their families. I’m 100% certain that they don’t screen these resumes for race and eliminate white people. This is about jobs and people support their family, why does race need to be brought into this.

    Similar to Sexual Assault, if you have a grievance against someone for racially, go talk to the Police. Absolutely nobody should be racist, or have to tolerate any form of racism. Go talk to the Police about it, and if you think they will not take the appropriate steps, then your issue is with the Police Station, not with Butler as a whole.

    In spite of this lengthy dissertation, it is definitely true that racism still exists today, which is disturbing by all accounts. Sadly, in this day in age, people think bulletins and emotional protests can drive change. Business, cultural, and all leaders instill changes based on factual data. Provide some, or else there is little validity to this and it ends up just coming off as whining about circumstances.

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  3. This is simply disgusting, not only are you using racial tension to try to bully your way into what you want, but you think that you can threaten the school outright?
    The fact that I share your imaginary prejudice almost makes me ashamed to have a black parent, especially if the color of my skin is going to be used in a childish tantrum to make silly ‘pro-diversity’ ransom demands and make a scathingly racist remark that basically boils down to “OH PLEASE MASTAH HELP US, WE DUMB COLORED FOLKS CAN ONLY WORK IN DA’ KITCHENS!”.

    Last time I checked, I worked hard to be here just like everyone else; and I DIDN’T have to drink out of another water fountain.

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  4. While I believe that racism is still unfortunately alive today, I don’t believe the picture is as you have painted it here with these demands. As a Butler alum, I’m proud of Butler’s inclusion and the diversity that it continues to not only welcome, but also promotes. Butler was founded on the principles of diversity, equality, innovation, and access. Ever since its founding, administration has worked diligently to preserve and enact these principles – I know this because I have lived it.

    Today, Butler stands for its Community of Care and espouses The Butler Way. In case you weren’t informed during Welcome Week, the Community of Care is “developed to describe Butler University’s encouraging and supportive atmosphere where every person is empowered to engage in healthy behaviors, to support others in doing the same and to look out for one another. Our collective responsibility fosters a strong, healthy and connected community.” This cultural value is one that pertains to EVERY student, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, what have you. The Butler Way: “The Butler Way…demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks improvement every day while putting the team above self.” Again, these two tightly interwoven pieces of Butler’s culture reflect its social tolerance and acceptance of ALL of its community members and students. I can provide more information on this if you’d like, or you may visit the Butler website. My point here is that, how can you fault Butler administration for any of these issues when it has been espousing inclusivity and diversity since its founding? It was literally founded on these principles and teaches its students to reflect the same values. Most go on to live them out and carry these values throughout the rest of society. It is a lasting legacy. Please do not fault the entirety of an institution for some unfavorable, isolated experiences that you may have had – and for which I am sorry. This does not reflect all people, it reflects some. Unfortunately, closed-minded and hateful people exist everywhere, and throughout the rest of your life, your demands will not change their distasteful behavior.

    It is clear that you have at least read about recent student demands at other universities in our nation. However, the demands you have listed here are outlandish, are not representative of the problems you have proposed, and are not feasible to accomplish. First, I will say that I am an ethnic minority. If it were not for the grants that I received from Butler in my time as a student there, I would not have been able to graduate. There is not racial discrimination among who receives these grants or who receives scholarships. This has much to do with the applicant pool. In order to show the type of discrimination you are claiming to be present, you need data. How many minorities receive scholarships vs. how many majority students? Obviously, minorities receive less because there are less minorities in Butler’s applicant pool – not because Butler is a racist institution, but because those are the people (the students making up the student body) that apply and earn Butler admission. Pushing for minority scholarships disproportionate to majority scholarships will result in reverse discrimination (yes, this is a thing, and it has been ruled on by the courts). Furthermore, where do you propose Butler pull these funds to build more scholarships? Are they to pull this scholarship money out of thin air? If this demand is to be fulfilled, Butler will need even more money to support reverse discrimination lawsuits. I will admit ignorance about budgeting, however, it seems they would need to raise tuition to answer this “demand,” which further substantiates the issue of costly tuition you began with (which by the way, is hard on ALL students, not just minorities).

    Next, I want to inform you that it is not necessary for you to demand a system of hearing civil rights -related grievances. Are you familiar with Title VII? Here is a link: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/legal-resources/know-your-rights-at-work/title-vii/. If the law is being broken, then you have never been discouraged from speaking with administration about it, or anybody that will listen and work to solve the problem, for that matter. Because we are on the topic of Title VII, there are things you need to know about selection procedures in relation to your demands of student work at Butler. The differences in race by jobs at Butler is not reflective of discrimination in hiring procedures. This has to do with WHO is applying for these jobs. The applicant pool will then reflect who is the minority vs. who is the majority in the population. If you are seeing more people of color working in service-related industries, it is likely because they are the majority of who is applying for these types of jobs. By law, human resources must hire qualified individuals to perform jobs REGARDLESS of race or ethnicity. It is literally the law. Human Resources by law, cannot hire people based on race unless race is necessary to performing the essential job functions (FYI this does not hold up in court as a bona fide occupational requirement). If employees think this is a problem, there is a special government agency related to these problems called the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They ensure lawful hiring in organizations and institutions across the U.S. This is not a matter of blacks serving whites. It is a matter of who is applying for these jobs and who is qualified and credentialed to perform them.

    In response to your last demand, how can you support the claim that diversity is differentially supported in relation to other university initiatives? Again, the university is unable to pull this money out of thin air. Where do you suppose they will get this 50% to allocate toward diversity initiatives? Do you realize that other university initiatives, maybe even the quality of your education, could suffer by requesting such a large amount of money? Why would you request this if you don’t even know if a discrimination of funds is present in SGA finances? I was an SGA representative, and it is YOUR job to vote on the budget. If you did not agree with the allocation of funds, you or your counterparts could have voted against it! Additionally, If you are going to make demands about furthering diversity funds, you need to be more specific. Throwing money at an issue does not make it go away. How do you suppose the university would spend this money? Does the university even need money to solve this problem? Please think through this, as it does not make any sense.

    Before I graduated Butler, I was fortunate enough to see Maya Angelou speak in Clowes Memorial Hall. This wonderful woman has a quote that I hope will speak volumes to you. It says, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” If you have read this post, you know some things better. Now, you can do better.

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  5. I read this and all I hear is someone trying to use black race to their advantage. Lots of statements (and threats) but as everyone else has said, no facts/figures to back up the statements. Aren’t scholarships based on merit and accomplishments and not race or income? If they are based on race or income, that’s discrimination. Private schools are expensive and many people cannot afford to attend them and have to make other school choices. I do believe there is still racism in this country (which is sad) but the way you are going about it and the demands you are trying to make is the reason that racism still exists. Don’t expect people to give you things. Work hard for what you want and sometimes you may get it and sometimes you won’t. Welcome to life.

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