Illinois State University scheduled a meeting between administration and student representatives for Wednesday following last week’s Black Homecoming Committee protests.
This meeting presents an opportunity for student representatives to express their concerns in a smaller, more comfortable setting.
ISU President Larry Dietz, Vice President of Student Affairs Levester Johnson, a representative from Diversity Advocacy and ISU student leadership along with student representatives will be in attendance.
The meeting is not open to the public.
ISU Media Relations Director Eric Jome said the university hopes to make these meetings a regular occurrence considering that the issues brought up in the protests go beyond diversity and inclusion. Many students have raised concerns about far-reaching issues on campus, such as racism and bias.
“The concerns of our students are taken very seriously, and we understand that this is never finished,” Jome said. “These meetings are an opportunity to continue the discussion and it is important that the students are a part of it.”
Jome also said that be believes Dietz will be addressing the issue at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting. The quarterly meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center.
There will also be a pre-meeting at 8 a.m. in the Center Circus Room of the Bone Student Center, which will hold a presentation by the Honors Program.
The Board of Trustees’ job is to ensure that tax and tuition money is being put toward programs and payroll that benefit the institution the best.
There are eight members who serve on the Board of Trustees. Seven of them are appointed by the governor and approved by the university. One member is selected annually from the student body.
At the meeting, the board members will be going over two reports. The first report details the teachers’ tenure positions and what teachers will be approved of sabbaticals.
The second report is the Educate, Connect, Elevate Annual Report. This report will highlight the accomplishments of the university in the last year.
The resolution portion of the meeting will authorize various action items that the university hopes to complete. This portion of the meeting approves of various budgets, extends contracts with companies the university works with and authorizes new contracts.