Following in the footsteps of the students at the University of Missouri, students at Ithaca College organized a walk-out Wednesday (November 11) to protest racial tensions and demand the resignation of school president Tom Rochon.
The New York Daily News reports students who participated in the walk out accuse faculty and administration of promoting a facade of diversity at the upstate New York institute.
“Diversity and inclusion here at Ithaca College is nothing more than an image,” student Tyler Reighn shouted to the crowd from a megaphone. “We have no desire to work within this broken structure.”
— Eddie Dowd (@dowdreports) November 11, 2015
Racial tensions hit a boiling point last month when students say a prominent alum made a racially-insensitive remark to another speaker on a panel at a campus event. Students became even more irate when officials did nothing to correct the remark.
Instead, the school president released a statement explaining why the insensitive statement went unchecked.
“Such language, intentional or unintentional, exists in the world and will seep into our community. We can’t promise that the college will never host a speaker who could say something racist, homophobic, misogynistic, or otherwise disrespectful,” Rochon said.
In attempts to quell the rising tensions on campus, Rochon announced the hiring of a “chief diversity officer” “to “improve our campus’s racial climate and build a culture that lives up to its values of civility, mutual respect, and justice.”
And while some believe other universities are joining the #Mizzou bandwagon, Ithaca students say their protests are far from superficial.
— petty wap (@carefreesista) November 11, 2015