UW System regents say they’ll hear from students about campus race climate next month

Mar 13, 2016 by

University of Wisconsin System regents gaveled a recess again this week when students began protesting against the climate for racial minorities on campus, but officials say they will meet next month with students to talk about diversity and inclusion.

Which students will be invited to “directly interact” with regents is not yet clear.

“Most of the details are still being developed,” a UW system spokesperson said when asked who would meet with regents and how they were selected.

Board president Regina Millner said Thursday that the board will receive a report on campus climate from students when it meets April 7 and 8 at UW-Green Bay. The meeting will be followed by a “working lunch with regents where student representatives will have an opportunity to directly interact with regents and share their thoughts,” Millner said.

“It’s also an opportunity for the regents to listen and hear first-hand about campus climates across our system and the students’ experiences at our institutions,” she added.

Students organized through the United Council of UW Students and BlackOut UW have protested for better race climate, diversity and inclusion at three consecutive regents meetings. On Thursday, Millner once again called for adjournment when the protest began. But contrary to past sessions when regents walked away while students protested, Milner directed them to “recess in place.”

“I say, Power!” students shouted from the audience at Thursday’s meeting.

Students recapped hate incidents at several campuses, including the pasting of a swastika and picture of Hitler on a dorm room door at Sellery Hall at UW-Madison.

“Do you care about the cultural competency and health and safety of the students of color on your campuses?” one student asked regents. “Because I don’t see that right now.”

Source: UW System regents say they’ll hear from students about campus race climate next month | Higher education | host.madison.com

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