We are a diverse group of students who are tired of the culture of racism on this campus. We are tired of students of color being the targets of racial hate crimes. We are tired of the indifference and willing ignorance of the University and its administration. We want action. This is a list of our demands. The names listed below are students who are committed to making sure these demands are met.
1. We demand an open and public apology from administration to the students of color on campus. Framingham State University and its administration need to take accountability for the harm that they have allowed to occur. This apology needs to include:
Explicit acknowledgement of the role administration has played, and continues to play, in allowing seven racial incidents to occur.
Acknowledgement of these incidents as hate crimes. Referring to the incidents as “bias incidents” does not make them any easier to deal with and does not make them any less harmful to those targeted. A hate crime is defined as a traditional offense like vandalism with an added element of bias.
2. We demand the addition of a general education domain of diversity for every student’s required course load; regardless of major.
The classes included in this domain must be centered on the history and experiences of marginalized groups in this country.
The class must be taken during the first year of enrollment at Framingham State University.
3. The Center for Inclusive Excellence needs to function as a safe space for students of color and needs to be funded adequately. We request an increased allotment of resources for the CIE.
The CIE needs to be accessible to students 24/7.
The CIE needs to employ supportive staff of color to be available during normal business hours. These positions can be filled by students, volunteers, or by hired staff in conjunction with Health and Wellness Center.
The CIE needs to be relocated, remodeled, and furnished in a more comfortable manner to make the space more welcoming.
The CIE needs to operate with more transparency and keep organized records of events and meetings held within the space.
4. We demand Framingham State University administration, faculty, staff, and police to complete bias, diversity, and sensitivity trainings once every year.
This should be mandated in the contracts of every person employed by Framingham State University.
5. We demand changes to how policing on campus is handled.
Resident Assistants must be present whenever Framingham State University police officers enter a residence hall for any reason including walk throughs.
Area Directors of each residence hall should follow up with Security Desk Attendant(s) and Resident Assistant(s) who are present when Framingham State University police officers enter into the residence halls.
6. We demand the implementation of an approved evaluation on diversity and inclusion that is given at the end of the semester, along with the University required SIRIIs.
The questions should include:
Whether the professor has demonstrated microaggressions against marginalized group.
Whether the professor has demonstrated respect for all students regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or other status.
7. We demand an adjustment in the structuring of the Intercultural Graduation. This graduation needs to focus only on students of color. It must celebrate the contributions made to this campus and community by students of color. It is necessary to allow this graduation to be a separate occasion for students of color. We demand the addition of ceremonies to acknowledge the LGBTQ+ community and first-generation students and their contributions to the campus and community.
Students recognized during these ceremonies must be student leaders, or be nominated by faculty, staff, or administration.
Participation in these ceremonies is intended to be intersectional – meaning a queer student of Color who is first generation can participate in all three ceremonies.
8. We demand the diversifying of the Health and Wellness Center. The things we want accomplished are:
The hiring of at least two nurse practitioners of color.
The hiring of at least two counselors of color.
Ensurance that all staff are trained and able to provide adequate services for students of color who deal with racism trauma.
Carlos Barbosa, Mercedes Wallace, Cori Farrow, Kaila Walters, Molly Roach, Annie Nitzsche, Mia Ihegie , Salam Kasu, Jesus Ruelas Garcia, Jasmine Dingle-Brown, Aleksandra Jensen, Chelsea Darant, Ana Luisa Asmar, Steffi Fol, Zaafira Kazi, Markiyah Bullard, Melissa Vieira