ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Two racially based hate crimes on the campus of St. Louis University in the past two weeks have several student groups asking the administration to do something about the racism on campus.
About two weeks ago, a group of candles set out for a vigil were rearranged into a swastika outside of a dorm. Last Saturday, a projector in a campus ballroom was changed to show several racist and homophobic messages.
In lieu of this, the Black Student Alliance (BSA) held a press conference Tuesday night, demanding that the university increase diversity on campus.
BSA Senator Kimberly Turner says that the organization wants more African American students on campus and more mandatory cultural awareness classes among others.
“I am confident that we are not going to let them, let this, disappear,” Turner said. “I know that it is very easy to stand up here and say, ‘Oh Yes! We’d love to meet with you,’ but it’s another thing to actually enact change.”
SLU Interim President William Kauffman attended the event and said the university will meet with the BSA and other student organizations to talk about these changes.
When Kauffman was asked after the meeting if he thought those goals could be met, he said that there are a lot of challenges.
“The issues that they are raising, and I really appreciate the fact that they came forward to raise them, are issues that I think that every college and university in this country is grappling with,” Kauffman said.
Students say they will hold the administration to these goals.
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