Liberal University Pushing For Completion Of Black Student Agenda

At a meeting on December 6th, Eastern Michigan University Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Calvin Phillips and Adviser to the President Leigh Greden met with members of the school’s Black Student Union to provide an update on the status of efforts to implement the “Black Student 10-Point Plan.”

At the request of multiple organizations to “improve the campus climate” some big changes are in the process of being completed if they haven’t been accomplished already.

Phillips said, “Work on the Black Student 10-Point Plan has been underway for nearly a year and progress is being made” and “senior staff of the University meet regularly with Black student leadership from Student Government, Black Student Union, EMU-NAACP, Diversity & Community Involvement, and other groups regarding these initiatives.

Among the changes being made is the hiring of additional black faculty, currently at 13 percent, to match the percentage of black students, currently at 18 percent. Department heads and the academic search committee representatives are being required to undergo training to prevent bias in the search for new faculty.

Also in the plan is the push to require all students to take a general course on race, ethnicity and racism, as well as a black studies course.

A brief list of the 11 points (not 10) can be seen below:

#1:      “Percentage of Black faculty to equal that of Black students at EMU (excluding Africology & African Studies faculty)”

#2:      “All students will take a general course on race, ethnicity, and racism.”

#3:      “A course on Black studies will be built into the curriculum of every major.”

#4:      “Mandatory cultural competency training for all faculty and staff, including DPS”

#5:      “Designated space where marginalized students can gather safely and learn about financial and academic resources available to Black students.”

#6:      “Explore options for utilizing outside vendors to provide culturally appropriate food for certain student organization events.”

#7:      “Alternate meal plan options for low-income students”

#8:      “Professional staff designated to identify financial resources for Black students”

#9:      “Committee designated by members of BSU to serve on the Homecoming Committee with the freedom to plan events for Black Homecoming”

#10:    “Doctorate and Master’s Program for Africology and African American Studies with adequate funding and no less than three full-time graduate assistantships”

#11:    “Women’s Resource Center dedicate at least three program per year to black women faculty”

A detailed breakdown of the points can be seen here.

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