Campus / Community / News / May 12, 2014

Diversity Initiative organizes walk-out

Frustrated students will walk out of class and occupy the Old Main lawn at 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release.

The Diversity Initiative, a collective of students, organized the walk-out to expose what they call the college’s failure to live up to promises of diversity, the lack of transparency, hostility from the administration and failure to prioritize students’ needs, according to a press release sent to The Register-Mail. The students are calling for a town hall meeting with the Board of Trustees and other key administrators.

“This protest is a result of students exhausting all other options. We have consistently tried to work with the college to create meaningful solutions for the challenges of teaching and learning in a diverse world, but the college continually fails to prioritize students’ concerns and frustrations,” student organizers wrote in a press release. “To us, diversity is the realities of each one of us. Genuine diversity encompasses different cultures, ethnicities, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, and lived experiences.”

The news of this event comes after a Facebook event and related Twitter account (@IamKnoxtoo) were created this past weekend.

Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

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Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.




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