Thursday, March 10 | 5:30pm | Ford Hall 110 – UMN E. Bank
Speakers featuring SDS, Black Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine, Whose Diversity?, Adelanté, Council of Graduate Students, and others!
On March 3rd, 2016 President Kaler will be giving his administration’s State of the University address in Coffman Memorial Union sure to discuss the ‘achievements’ of the University. However, there are many basic things that need to be improved at our University that are very simple demands that students have been fighting for, such as: lowering tuition, increasing diversity and having our urban university reflect its urban population, sexual assault/harrassment scandals that have been ongoing at an executive level and the list goes on.
On March 10th, SDS and others are hosting an event meant to highlight a different narrative to the one he will likely be describing: a Student, Staff and Faculty perspective on the state of the University.
While we see tuition at an all-time high, we also see top-adminstrators’ CEO-like salaries are bloated.
While front-line staff and faculty either get cut or are not offered long-term employment, class sizes or increasing and student services are decreasing.
While we hear Kaler talk about wanting to “increase diversity”, we have seen no real efforts going towards getting higher representation of MN black and brown youth at our University.
We want to pose the question and have a dialogue about whose state of the University is Kaler going to speak about? We have our own stories that are worth hearing.
Please join SDS and other groups to engage in a report-back on the real issues that are affecting our campus community and hear your ideas for what needs to be done!