The Collegian
Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Common Ground speaks to RCSGA about diversity issues

Recently elected Richmond College Student Government Association President Matthew Whittaker swore in newly appointed senators and class chairs during the weekly meeting on Wednesday night in the Whitehurst Living Room.

"We have a lot of new people, and I think they will all be pretty great," Whittaker said.

He hopes that the newly elected members will bring in an outside perspective, he said.

President Edward Ayers's Chief of Staff, Lori Schuyler, talked about Ayers's strategic plan, and its purpose to identify collective items that the university was working toward. The plan encompassed five principles, which included a unique configuration of the five schools, an increase in diversity and inclusion, increased affordability and a reevaluation of civic engagement and student life.

A student from the Office of Common Ground talked about the Cousins Studio Theater incident and what the group would do to support the university's commitment to address diversity.

Black and white ribbons and free T-shirts will be available at the Student Activities desk in Tyler Haynes Common this week for students to wear to promote an inclusive campus.

A closed meeting was then held and RCSGA senators filled the new executive board, which included postions for student advocacy, administration, finance and programming.

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