- Create communication avenues for students and staff to share experiences and concerns.
- Continuously examine and assess current practices, protocols and policies within Housing to ensure inclusion and appropriateness.
- Expand recruitment strategies to increase BIPOC representation in learning communities.
Housing and Residence Life Call to Action
Black Lives Matter. Housing and Residence Life has a responsibility and a desire to address and dismantle barriers oppressing our Black students and colleagues. We commit to a departmental action plan that will be informed by direct input from the communities we serve. We approach this long-term work with open minds and open hearts; injustice and inequity cannot have a home with us. Our Black community and all community members with marginalized identities unequivocally deserve affirmation, respect, and equity.
Housing and Residence Life is deeply invested in our students and their experiences. We believe in taking action and working for safe, inclusive and equitable communities.
As we look to who we want to be and where we want to go, three key concepts guide us.
- Inclusion and Access
We include and value all members of our community.
We insist on a culture of respect, and recognize that words and actions matter. The absence of action and words also matter.
We appreciate and acknowledge our differences.
We treat all people with dignity, open-mindedness and esteem.
We respect that each of us is at a different place in this process.
We believe that our community is strengthened when everyone has a voice and is encouraged to contribute.
Call to Action Plan
October 2020: Valaree Kyser, hall director, Eicher/LeFevre Hall
Valaree has personified the Housing’s Call to Action on diversity in the month of October. The nomination noted, "Ms. Kyser has not only instilled the values of our plan by addressing and dismantling barriers oppressing our Black students and colleagues with her staff and residents but has also shown her commitment to continuing education on racism inequalities both from her position as hall director and as an FYE instructor. She engages in critical conversations with students about their roles and responsibilities in an unjust society."
January 2021: Alex Peterson, hall director, Eldridge/Fox Hall
Alex was nominated by two of his peers. Alex has impacted multiple areas of the CTA, but we are recognizing him for his focus on his commitment to continuing education on racism inequality. To quote his nomination, "Alex is always looking for ways to continue his and his staff's education on racism and inequality. From attending the local Summit on Racism every year to attending the Restorative Justice Symposium at MSU for multiple years, Alex is putting in the work to grow. Furthermore, he works to share what he's learned with his peers and the department."