Protesters decry lack of diversity support

Monday, March 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:23 a.m. CDT, Sunday, June 29, 2008

Senior Amber Flournoy was one of 100 MU students, faculty, and Columbia citizens gathered in front of Jesse Hall at 6 a.m. Monday to protest the lack of support for diversity on campus.

An article written by student Jenny Marinko in the most recent edition of MU Student News was cited as the "straw that broke the camel's back," said several students.

"The article printed is very slanderous and represents the lack of diversity on campus and Columbia," said Master's student Khandicia Randolph.

Randolph said the protest is also prompted by the lack of minority representation on campus and a lack of awareness of diversity on behalf of the university administration.

The students presented a list of grievances and demands to the university administration. The list includes demands that the administration add a diversity component to the university's required curriculum and that more efforts be made to recruit minorities to the faculty, staff and student body.

The lists were accepted by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Cathy Scroggs. Scroggs said she attended to show her support and let the students know that the issue is not being overlooked.

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