Diversity is of the upmost importance for our administration and we would like to reiterate that ASWSU does not accept intolerance, hatred or discrimination of any type. We believe in the power of individuals and that every person deserves absolute respect. Every Coug has a different background and story, and we have the ability to benefit from a great variety of people in an enriched educational environment.
ASWSU unequivocally denounces the video that has been circulating; there is no room for hatred and racism in our Cougar community. As a student body, we hope to foster an environment where free speech and the exchange of ideas is robust, however, this video was created to target and create hostility towards members of our community. Although we have made progress in increasing diversity at Washington State, this video reminds us that we must constantly ensure that the lives of our underrepresented students are valued, safe, and supported.
The university has already begun a process of bringing together key stakeholders to not only address this video, but begin to identify areas within the institution that need to change, including; campus climate, cultural competency training, and faculty-staff composition. We fully support these efforts and will ensure that student voices are reflected in these initiatives.
Additionally, we will be working with various ASWSU committees, student organizations, and university administration to build a comprehensive action plan to combat issues that underrepresented Cougs face on campus.
ASWSU will be a part of the solution. We are here to support, advocate, and listen. Please reach out with any comments or suggestions you may have on how we should move forward. We will not let this moment fade away. This is an opportunity to unite as a campus and build an institution that truly does welcome, embrace, and celebrate all students.
If you are interested in partnering with us to address this issue please contact us by phone, email, or stop by our office in CUB 314. We all have a responsibility and role to play in being part of the solution.
Jordan Frost, ASWSU President
Garrett Kalt, ASWSU Vice President