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.