SGA creates new position focused on diversity, inclusion

first_imgMackenzie is a copyeditor and reporter for TCU360, mainly covering SGA and politics. She studies Journalism and Political Science and hails from Orange County, California. Mackenzie Holst Twitter printThe Student Government Association has created a new director position to try to increase inclusion on campus and foster greater communication between SGA and the student body.The position, dubbed the director of diversity and inclusion, was designed by SGA President Maddie Reddick to directly address needs of less-represented students through a “channel of communication.”The new director is not a designated member of SGA. He or she will instead be working directly under Reddick.“I want a person who is passionate about [inclusivity] and a self-starter in planning campaigns,” Reddick said. “I think it’s important to get the perspective of someone else, whether they’re a minority student or not, that sees different needs.”Distribution of race and ethnicity of all students in the past five years. Students at an International Student Association event in September. Watson edges Thompson for student body president Twitter Reddick envisions the director working with the SGA Outreach Committee and TCU Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services to create programs focused on promoting diversity.April Brown, director of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, said the position recognizes TCU’s desire to support inclusivity on campus, but it will take more than one person to change the culture of diversity at TCU.“To provide an inclusive campus, you have to start from the top, and it has to be campus-wide,” Brown said. “You have to create a dialogue. Students have to ask themselves, ‘How am I an advocate?’”Reddick said current events throughout the country, such as protests at the University of Missouri over racial issues on campus, compelled her to create this position and hopefully change the culture at TCU. Reddick said she wanted to make increasing inclusivity a priority.“People could email if they were having concerns, but that’s not as comfortable for some,” Reddick said. “I want someone thinking about this all the time that students can go to.”SGA members underwent a training focused on diversity at their meeting on Jan. 19.International Student Association President Van Do said the new director position would be beneficial to international students. The director could help better inform international students about SGA and get them more involved in “majority” organizations.“I don’t think that international students feel included enough right now,” Do said. “[The position] could bring students together and get people to know about other cultures.”Both IIS and the International Student Association are hosting several programs this semester that all students are welcome to participate in. IIS will have a Unity Fest this March with representatives from many student organizations, and the International Student Association is hosting a talent show and banquet at the end of February. Mackenzie Holst Linkedin Mackenzie Holst Website| + posts Mackenzie Holst Mackenzie Holst center_img TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Students open up at the Dear World College Tour Facebook Previous articleBrewing up an active workspace through connecting communityNext articleRwanda genocide panel highlights changing stigma of rape Mackenzie Holst RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New student body president: ‘We will accomplish great things’ ReddIt Linkedin ReddIt SGA Diversity Director promotes inclusion on campus The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Facebook TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more