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Missouri Students Association to hold meeting regarding diversity issues on MU campus


The Missouri Students Association held a town hall meeting Thursday after what the organization calls "a series of events" in recent weeks.

MSA is the student government for the University of Missouri. The organization in a news release Monday did not provide any information about the events but said they "have caused pain and made members of our campus community feel undervalued."

"The University of Missouri student body has been affected by a series of events that do not reflect the values of our community," MSA said in the news release.

Maya Hill, the executive director of outreach for the Missouri Students Association said, "We decided that we should react in someway to the incidents that have been occurring throughout the month of October, we wanted to reach out to the students because at the end of the day we serve at the pleasure of the student body and its our charge to advocate for them."

MSA officials said the group held the discussion to create a more inclusive and safe campus experience.

Matthew Mergen a student at the University of Missouri said, "I think that we need to all realize that were just one campus and not groups of people in one area we are just one group of people."

Student leaders from the Missouri Students Association were also in attendance.

This discussion follows an assault on an international student that took place on Oct. 6 at midnight where a group of two to four unidentified males jumped him while he was exiting a parking lot onto Hamilton Way.

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