- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.