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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Hurtig, student body president
Joe Tinker, student body vice president