UMKC holds listening session in response to St. Louis protests

The African American Student Union, along with the Student Government Association, hosted a listening session Monday over recent events surrounding police brutality. Namely, the session stemmed from a recent verdict in which former St. Louis officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, an African-American man.

Students and faculty alike all came to weigh in on the efforts of the university to foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students. The Multicultural Student Affairs Office hosted the session. During the conversation, faculty also added insight into the channels that many vice-chancellors go through to provide a supportive environment and current initiatives.

“I think it’s important to come together in times like these to show our support to our students and listen to them,” said Jennifer DeHaemers, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment.

The Multicultural Student Affairs Office offers resources and a safe space for all students. The African-American Student Union and the Student Government Association also host other events throughout the semester for students to have a voice on campus.

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