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MU student groups invited to speak with Board of Curators

Friday afternoon, MU students will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with university administrators.

The Board of Curators announced Thursday that they want to hear directly from students about their experiences and concerns on campus.

“That’s the only way our leadership is going to know what these issues are straight from the students. Not hearsay, but straight from the students,” said John Fougere, University of Missouri System spokesperson. “This information will be extremely important for us as we move forward as a university.”

This follows the recent weeks of protests from Concerned Student 1950 to address race issues on campus.

In response to the protests and growing concerns of race issues on campus, the UM System created a diversity task force.

“That task force will be the one responsible for looking at the policy and procedures when it comes to looking at diversity, equity and inclusion on our four campuses,” Fougere said. “We’ll see where we need to make improvements and certainly the input and perspective we get from MU students is going to be very vital in that effort.”

Fougere said the dialogue between students and university administrators is the first step for change on campus.

As of Thursday evening, four student groups registered to speak with the Board of Curators including MU Policy Now, Racism Lives Here, the Graduate Professional Council and the Sociology Graduate Student Group.

The student groups will meet with board members Friday at the Reynolds Alumni Center at 3:30.

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