Progress on Student Demands from MSUA

Marginalized Students of the University of Arizona

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion has begun to investigate the status of the listed demands. We will post updates to this site regularly as information is received.

We demand that the University of Arizona compose a strategic 10­year plan that will increase retention and graduation rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus environment. This 10­-year plan should include the following actions that target student engagement, finances, health and wellness, faculty and administrators, renovations, and space allocation:

Student Engagement:

1. A revision of the University's Never Settle Plan to include Diversity by the beginning of the 2016­2017 academic year

2. An implementation of Cultural Competency Curriculum across campus
  • All Residence Life including but not limited to: Residence Hall Association, Residence Assistants, Community Directors, Desk Managers, Desk Assistants and residents shall be required to take semi­annual Cultural Competency Training
  • A revision of Residence Life conflict resolution training to be comprehensive and in­-person. This training should also include strategies for mental, and emotional support
  • All Greek Life initiates and members must receive semi­annual in-­person Cultural Competency Class and Training
  • Requirement for all Daily Wildcat employees to receive Cultural Competency and Safe Zone training
  • Aggregated Data pertaining to student Race and Ethnicity demographics to be released annually. It shall be accessible to current and prospective students, faculty and staff
  • Accessible in this case shall mean that the data is widely released to students and presented in an easily comprehensible manner      

3. The Associated Students of The University of Arizona shall increase the budget allocated to the area of Diversity of Inclusion from $7,000 for the academic year to $10,000

Finances: 

1. A revision of the University of Arizona Financial Plan to include a general student Emergency Fund that does not get charged to the student’s Bursar’s account
2. The establishment of an annual emergency fund of $35,000 per each Cultural and Resource Center
3. Provision for underrepresented student groups to receive more hands on financial support
  • An increase in access to merit­-based scholarships for individuals specific to marginalized identities and groups
  • A full time Financial Aid Counselor accessible within each Cultural and Resource Center to provide support and financial literacy to all students
  • A minimum starting fund of at least $500,000 to the Office of the Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer allocated specifically towards Diversity Initiatives
4. Increased funding for the Cultural and Resource Centers to be used for programing
  • Increase in funding for non­-Work Study positions within Cultural and Resource Centers  
  • Paid tutors (with language accessibility if needed) made available to students within each Cultural and Resource Center
  • Access to free computers, updated software and printers in each Cultural and Resource Center

Health and Wellness:

1. Increase in financial support for students with food insecurity

2. Increase in accessible and affordable healthy food options on campus

3. Counselors of color for Campus Mental and Physical Health Services within the Cultural and Resource Centers

4. Increase in campus wide strategic initiatives addressing mental health

5. Prompt notification to students when crimes that can affect the safety of students are committed (Ex: sexual assault, assault, stalking, threatening, etc.)

6.  Accessible campus recovery groups as well as full­time counselors for sexual assault survivors
  • Establishment of Victim Advocates (Oasis/LGBTQ)

7.  All restrooms should include small trashcans in all stalls, free tampons, and free menstrual pads

8. In addition to free condoms, Dental Dams, external and internal condoms, and Pre­-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) must be accessible through Campus Health

9. Free STI testing at Campus Health and inclusion of these resources within campaigns on Safe Sex

10.  Students who have been involved in any sex crime or harassment should have a consequence in the Student Code of Conduct that is comparable to that of Drug and Alcohol possession and abuse

Admin/Faculty:

1. Required cultural competency course for students, administrators, staff, and faculty
  • Staff members shall be assigned to train administrators, faculty, and staff

2.  Increase in staff of color across all University Employees to 15% by 2020

3. Revision of cluster hires processes for new administration and staff  

4. Students will be alerted when a faculty member or University employee is involved in an assault

5. Implementation of Trigger Warnings within course materials and content
  •  Trigger Warnings should also be specifically addressed before potentially problematic material, with an alternate assignment offered

6. Correct pronouns to be respected within classroom settings

7. Creation and development of an Asian Pacific American Studies department by 2020

8. Creation of health care services specifically for transgender staff and faculty

9. Revision of faculty procedures for accountability, as well as creating and maintaining safe space within the classroom.

Renovation/Space Allocation:

1. Creation of a Childcare Facility for students on campus  

2. Increase the amount and placement range of Lactation Rooms  

3. Implementation of Gender Inclusive Restrooms within Residence Halls and campus wide buildings by 2020

4. Creation of Religious spaces for Traditional Events and Ceremonies specific to student demographics

5. Spaces dedicated to and for Native Students to practice Spirituality

MSUA Demand Letter