News – Dakota Student
University policy regarding issues of race and diversity on campus will receive increased scrutiny over the next several months.
Early last week, the Diversity Advisory Council held its first meeting. The council was formed by President Kennedy following racially charged Snapchat photos posted at the beginning of the school year.
According to a UND press release, Kennedy has tasked the council with three primary objectives:
1. Complete inventories of existing diversity and inclusion practices with a specific focus essential studies that qualify under the diversity requirement.
2. Identify best practices that enhance our understanding of diversity and inclusion in higher education
3. Based upon our current programs/practices and best practices of other institutions, provide a list of recommendations for consideration for UND.
There are thirteen members of the council:
Sabrina Balgamwalla, Assistant Professor of Law
Stacey Borboa Peterson, Director of Multicultural Student Services
Lee Edward Brockington, Student in School of Law and President of UND’s Black Law Student Association
Samantha Chairez, Student in Biology Department and Treasurer of UND’s Organization of Latino Americans
Connie Frazier, Executive Director of Housing/Dining
Jonathan Holth, Owner of Toasted Frog restaurant
Sara Kaiser, Coordinator of Student Organizations & Activities
Krista Lynn Minnotte, Professor of Sociology
Sandra Mitchell (Chair), Associate Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion
Linda Neuerburg, Assistant Director of American Indian Student Services
Carolyn “Cassie” Ozaki, Associate Professor of Teaching & Learning
Brian Urlacher, Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
Ryan Zerr, Director of Essential Studies and Professor of Mathematics
In the wake of the incidents, students held a zero tolerance rally, an event at which students shared ways in which racism on campus had impacted them. Leaders of the Black Student Association advocated for a zero tolerance policy for racist speech at the university.
Earlier this month, Kennedy declined to adopt a zero tolerance policy, citing the first amendment of …