From the president’s desk

Student Governing Association's Andy Hurtig, president, and Joe Tinker, vice president. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

Fellow K-Staters,

In Monday’s letter from our vice president for student life, Pat Bosco reminded us of K-State’s commitment to providing an environment that is respectful and inclusive for the students, faculty and staff that call K-State’s campus their home. It’s crucial that we respect the diversity which makes our university an inviting space that is welcoming of all backgrounds and cultures — it is the very fabric of our campus community.

The existence of discrimination is a tragic reality that exists everywhere including at K-State, and it is paramount that we are responsive to the needs of our own community. In his column on Oct. 20, Black Student Union President Muenfua Lewis urged our community to further our efforts in creating a respectful climate and to continue to increase our efforts of making K-State a more inclusive and diverse university. We could not agree more with President Lewis’s sentiments and appreciate his courageous leadership and service to K-State.

Recognizing this need, we will be working to bring together the leadership of organizations that represent our diverse populations to proactively address these issues on campus. Collaboration is a principle that we pride ourselves on and we look forward to continuing this dialogue across the K-State community.

As always, we welcome your questions and comments on Twitter at @KStateSBP_SBVP or via email at

Go Cats!

Andy Hurtig, student body president

Joe Tinker, student body vice president

My name is Jamie Teixeira and I am a senior English and journalism with a minor in Leadership. I am the president of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, a tutor at the K-State Writing Center,and a member of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble. My future plans are to become an editor or publisher of children's literature. Outside of school I love to read and cuddle with my kitten, Bert.