A group has formed at the University of Arizona that is demanding an end to alleged racism on campus, or else. They are the Marginalized Students of the University of Arizona and with this formation comes a 19-page list of demands the school must implement or they will "mobilize."
The list is very detailed and covers a wide range of issues the group feels has largely been neglected by campus administration. The demands cover issues for black students, Asian students, LGBT students, Native American students, and female students.
"It is important to note that these are Demands, not simply requests or suggestions," the letter states. "Should these demands not be met or properly negotiated to our standards, we will mobilize our students."
The demands are based around a "10-year plan" to "increase retention and graduation rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus environment." The goal of this plan is to directly affect the "finances, health and wellness" of students and faculty.
It's a doozy of a read and there is a lot to chew on, but here are just some of the more fanatical demands:
- School staff, residence assistants, Greek associations, et al, must receive "Cultural Competency and Safe Zone training."
- A general student emergency fund that does not get charged as debt to the student -- that is, $35,000 for each Cultural and Resource Center.
- More financial aid to marginalized "identities," along with a full time financial aid counselor for each group.
- Increase in financial support for students with food insecurity.
- Counselors of color for Campus Mental and Physical Health Services.
- All restrooms should include small trash cans in all stalls, free tampons, and free menstrual pads.
- In addition to free condoms, Dental Dams, external and internal condoms, and Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) must be accessible through Campus Health.
- Implementation of Trigger Warnings within course materials and content.
- Correct pronouns to be respected within classroom settings and gender neutral restrooms.
- Specific religious "spaces" specific to student demographics, including Native students to "practice Spirituality."
- Deferred housing fees for ALL Black students.
- A revision and transparent posting of the consequences and processes for students, faculty, staff who are found to be involved with microaggressions, aggressions, and hate speech in the classroom, on campus, and online.
- Allow only black students to occupy the Martin Luther King Jr. Building, plus new renovations to the building.
- Child care facilities.
- Rape victim advocacy and stiffer punishments for sexual misconduct.
- Diversify faculty, school promotions, curriculum and all administrative practices to represent these "marginalized" groups.
As The College Fix notes, making all of these changes would cost a fortune, but nowhere does the letter suggest how the school could pay for such demands. What an oversight! (And an incredibly convenient omission.)
They were obviously too distracted to think it all the way through, what with all the signs to make and hold and memorizing rhyming words: