Demand that Colorado State University commits to Diversity and Inclusion
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Recently two Native American teenage brothers saved their own money and drove the family car 7 hours from New Mexico for an official tour at Colorado State University, which was their dream school according to their mother, Lorraine Kahneratokwas Gray.
A white mom on the tour called the police on the Native American teenage brothers because they "made her nervous."
The boys were pulled aside and questioned by campus police. By the time campus police managed to confirm they were a part of the tour and released them, the tour had left them behind and there were no efforts to reunite them with the tour. The boys drove all of the way back home to New Mexico. The white mom (and her child) were never interrupted or removed from their tour.
Colorado State University has only issued a weak apology on their Facebook page.
THESE BOYS WERE RACIALLY PROFILED. THE WHITE MOM USED THE CAMPUS POLICE TO WEAPONIZE HER RACISM. THE CAMPUS POLICE SHOWED BIAS IN THEIR HANDLING OF THE INCIDENT.
As Colorado State University Alums, and all former supporters of the school, we find this unacceptable. We demand that President Frank take actual action to mitigate the humiliating experience these boys endured as best possible, and prevent racial profiling incidents at Colorado State University in the future.
THIS INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
- Reimbursing the Gray family for the time, effort, and expenses incurred for the boys tour visit.
- Offering full scholarships to both boys, including living expenses, housing on or off campus, books, and any other expenses relating to their schooling, for the entirety of their attendance, should they choose to forgive CSU and attend.
- Paying for both boys to attend a tour of any school of their choice, including travel and accomodations.
- Reviewing Campus Police procedures and implementing policy changes to prevent any similar incidents and/or outcomes.
- Reviewing school administration procedures and policies, including those related to campus tours, and implementing policy changes to prevent any similar incidents and/or outcomes.
- Establishing a Colorado State University Diversity scholarship that is open to Colorado and non-Colorado residents and transfer students.
- All Colorado State University Administration, Campus Police, and affiliated organization personnel must attend in-person Diversity and Inclusion training, including unconscious bias, upon start and annually thereafter.
- The Campus Police involved in the incident must attend immediate Diversity and Inclusion in-person training before resuming duties.
- Work with the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs on all policy changes, training development, and establishment of the Diversity scholarship.
- The mother that called Campus Police is permanently banned from all campuses and any University-sponsored events (including graduation, sports games, etc.)
UNTIL THESE ACTIONS ARE TAKEN, WE WILL NO LONGER SUPPORT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY.
We will not donate, attend games or events, recommend the school to prospects, or any activity that supports the school. If we are scholarship donors, we will move our funds to schools that better support diversity. If our employers are involved with the University, we will ask them to cease the relationship. We will no longer support organizations or causes that directly support the University.
This is a life or death matter for persons affected by racial profiling. We know by now those boys could have been arrested, or shot and killed. Colorado State University must take this seriously.
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