Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little has vetoed a bill that would allow for a Multicultural Student Government, Katherine Rainey, a leader of MSG, said during a MSG forum Wednesday night.
Rainey said MSG wants to meet with the Chancellor to discuss her reasoning for vetoing the government.
"We're not going to let this go," she said.
Rainey calls Chancellor’s reasoning for veto’ing the MSG “institutional racism” @KansanNews— Lara Korte (@lara_korte) May 5, 2016
Clarence Lang, cochair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory group, was also at the forum.
Clarence Lang, cochair of DEI group, “This is racism, we don’t need to call it any other type of thing,” @KansanNews— Lara Korte (@lara_korte) May 5, 2016
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory group formed after the Nov. 11 Town Hall meeting about race, respect and responsibility.
“The MSG campaign symbolizes a deep sense of alienation from the Student Senate among KU students of color; it also speaks to a general crisis in the functioning of student governance,” the DEI report read. “For many years, the KU Student Senate has been criticized for its exclusivity and Greek life-centeredness.
"Although power has shifted in rare instances, it generally has been retained by a small group of students, to the detriment of the larger student body.”
The chancellor's office was unavailable for comment.
— Edited by Candice Tarver