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UMKC Takes on Race in Wake of Mizzou Turmoil

The resignations of former UM President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin Monday has caused the students, faculty and staff at UMKC to look inwardly at its own issues with racism.

 
On Tuesday morning, students met with faculty to discuss the racial climate on campus. That same evening, there was meeting for students of color to express their concerns directly to the Student Government Association. This meeting was closed to the media.

 
The next day, Chancellor Leo Morton held two closed town halls in order to listen to concerns about racism on campus.

 
On this same day, SGA unveiled a joint resolution requesting that the Student Government Association and the Multicultural Student Affairs Council be included in the selection process.

 
The resolution, signed by SGA president Ida Ayalew and the Multicultural Student Affairs Council says that “the University of Missouri system does not adequately address systematic oppression affecting students, faculty and staff,” a common concern heard on Mizzou in the weeks leading up to Wolfe’s resignation and the motivation for MU graduate student Jonathan Butler’s seven-day hunger strike.

 
The LGBTQIA affairs council released a statement in support of SGA and the protestors at Mizzou.

 
“In our own fight for equality, we have gained an invaluable lesson in solidarity,” the statement reads. “When they need it most, we stand in complete unity with the black community and it’s [sic] allies at the University of Missouri – Columbia. As the leaders of the UMKC LGBTQIA Affairs Council, we send our thoughts and love in a display of affirmation of their fight.”

 
On Friday, UMKC students bussed to Columbia to march in solidarity with Mizzou students after the MU Black Culture House was vandalized.

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