Remove and replace "Diversity" campaign
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We are demanding the University of Pittsburgh office of Residence Life remove the "Diversity" campaign from Tower B and replace it with a more diverse group of students. In light of recent tragedies in Ferguson and New York, as well as with Pitt's own problems with segregation, we believe this to be the perfect time to encourage acceptance. However, the current diversity campaign has a troubling lack of diversity. Among the wall, only four of the fourty-eight students are people of color, and the one black woman is placed at the bottom of the wall. The current campaign does not even reflect Pitt's demographics.
To call this a message of diversity and then display a montage of white students dispelling stereotypes such as "drinking pumpkin spice lattes" or "being a frat douche bag" undermines the heavy weight of stereotypes that students of color bear everyday here at Pitt. With black men being killed by police daily because of racial stereotypes, this project could have been an opportunity to truly comabt these oppresive and systemic stereotypes, but instead, this project trivialized racial oppression and blatantly excluded students of color from the conversation.
After emailing the Resident Director for Tower B several times over the past week, and not receiving one response, we have decided to create this petition in order to remove the diversity campaign and replace it with a campaign more true to its title.
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