Meetings with various ethnic minority student organizations at the University of Colorado at Boulder are being arranged by CU-Boulder administrators to foster productive communication about minority student concerns, according to Ron Stump, dean of students.
Meetings are being sought with the leadership of established organizations to obtain feedback on minority issues raised recently on the Boulder campus.
Our goal with these meetings is to solicit input from and share ideas with organizations that have worked over the long term for positive change in the campus atmosphere for students of color, Stump said.
An initial meeting with Oyate, an organization devoted to American Indian issues, resulted in an open exchange of ideas and concerns, such as the recent hate message received by the group, in-state tuition for American Indians and the idea of hiring race-specific program coordinators, he said.
Jean Kim, vice chancellor for student affairs, attended the March 5 Oyate meeting, along with Stump.
Contacts also are being made with the Black Student Alliance (BSA), UMAS-Mecha and leaders of the Asian Pacific American student groups to invite discussions.