Changes on College of Saint Mary Campus
Changes on College of Saint Mary Campus
To whom it may concern:
We, the students, staff, and faculty of College of Saint Mary, demand positive changes to be made on our campus to enhance the environment for people of color. We have collected feedback from students (past and present), faculty, and staff of color at College of Saint Mary to compile this list. We support the following initiatives to make the campus more welcoming, inclusive, diverse, and to best align with CSM’s mission statement and core values:
We demand to have more faculty/staff members of color in every department on campus. Currently, several departments on campus have zero faculty/staff of color. This can be phased in as adding 1 full-time faculty/staff member of color to each department by May 2022, adding 2 more the following school year, and 1 more the school year after that. This includes adding more diversity to the senior leadership team.
We demand to have direct funding and scholarships for students of color, starting with an African American scholarship fund immediately.
We demand an academic program that focuses on women and ethnic studies in order to lift marginalized voices be launched by August 2021.
We demand to have a first-year seminar that focuses on culture launching Fall 2021. We also demand to have an annual campus-wide cultural competence training that is mandatory for all students, staff, and faculty on campus to educate and bring awareness to our community. We envision this to be facilitated by an outside expert of color on the subject at hand.
We demand to recruit more donors that provide and contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We demand to have immediate social media support for students of color, especially when challenges arise. We will not tolerate racism under the radar and we want to see visible support from the leaders of the college, as well. See something, say something.
We demand that CSM’s advertisements accurately represent the population on campus starting immediately. The advertisements shouldn’t be 80% students of color when they comprise less than 10% of the population of undergraduate students.
We demand that a direct response system council (made up of students, staff, and faculty excluding senior leadership team) be created so students can hold staff/faculty/senior leadership accountable for any issues that arise immediately. Students have reported that the anonymous surveys at midterms and finals haven’t brought about changes or helped address issues with staff. We need a safe way for students to discuss issues with faculty without fear of retaliation.
We demand that a cultural center for students of color be created in order to receive direct support, community engagement, and celebration of our cultures. We envision this as a room on campus, similar to the achievement center, launching Fall 2021.
We demand a zero tolerance policy for racism and hate speech from anyone on campus immediately.
We demand more of the budget allocated towards cultural diversity projects on campus, specifically increasing the Office of Diversity and Inclusion budget by 30% and adding an additional full time staff member by Fall 2021.
We demand a visual timeline of when all of these initiatives will be implemented on campus that is publicly-shared with the community. We demand that this timeline be updated each calendar year (January 1-December 31) to hold the senior leadership team accountable.
The implementation of these initiatives will welcome more students of color on campus, make them feel at home, increase cultural awareness for all students, and lower dropout rates drastically. Ultimately, these initiatives will create equitable opportunities for current and potential CSM students, make the campus more inviting to all, fill diversity gaps in each career field, and benefit the community; thus, successfully fulfilling CSM’s mission and core values surrounding inclusivity.
We would like to have all of these initiatives fulfilled by the end of the Fall 2021 semester. We have done our part by creating clubs, events, and intimate support groups. We need your help, too.
CSM Students, Staff and Faculty