Yesterday, students at Goshen University marched to demand changes regarding racism on campus on Wednesday, March 21.
Members of the Intercultural Coalition of Goshen College (ICGC) read anonymously submitted stories of racism on campus. The mission statement of the coalition and a summary of the resolutions being presented to the president were also read.
“One thing I know about this community is that it is not perfect, but I hope that today helps us take more steps to being more honest and being in a new depth of conversation about the Goshen College community and the Goshen College experience that we want to create together,” said President Stoltzfus. “Be assured that I take your actions and your words very seriously and I am committed to continuing this conversation with you. I thank you for your honesty and your leadership.”
Anonymous stories were stated, for when Goshen College students felt hopeless.
“All the white kids do well on their work,” reads one student. “My professor couldn’t believe that I, a black kid, could possibly know what I was talking about in my history class.”
“I considered saying something to them, but at the moment I was emotionally distraught,” reads another student.
CGC held a meeting Monday, March 19th to invite the broader campus community to join their actions. In the future, they also plan on holding a town hall meeting, which is scheduled for April 11th.
“The coalition started as a reaction to various racist incidents on campus. It aims to unify the efforts of students in order to make Goshen a truly inclusive and diverse campus,” said Yazan Meqbil, a junior and member of ICGC.
President Stoltzfus says the next step is to go through these requests for the town hall meeting.
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