MU Students and Faculty Take Initiative Against Racism
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri campus community were deep in discussion Thursday about preventing racist acts like the graffiti sprayed on campus Saturday. A crowd of nearly 90 professors and students gathered Thursday for what they called a "hate crime panel" at MU's Law School. Hot topics included the history of segregation in central Missouri, criminal law, and the importance of dialogue and education. Panelists and audience members also raised concern of how to solve the racial disconnect they believe exists in the community and on campus.
Student leaders have also drafted a proposal for a campus-wide diversity initiative. Leaders from the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative, and Residential Life, among others, met with faculty members Saturday afternoon just hours after the graffiti was discovered. Together, they proposed "One Mizzou."
The initiative aims to unite students with proactive measures against hate crimes. The proposal includes plans for online diversity training, a commercial competition for a "One Mizzou" promotional video, and "One Mizzou" signs and banners to promote awareness around campus.