Following Illinois State University’s President Larry Dietz’s campus-wide statement to the university yesterday, Vice President of Student Affairs Levester Johnsonresponded to the recent unrest with diversity at the university.  

"I'm not sure that we are aware that we've got work to do as related to diversity and inclusion; that's why we have other initiatives that we do in order to address education on campus. To promote expanding as well, we have task forces that our studies can express their various concerns to," Johnson said. 

In regards to the list of demands made by the protesters, Johnson said that the demands will likely be one of the topics addressed in discussions between student leaders and administrative officials. Johnson also said he has not heard a response from any student leaders since the release of Dietz’s statement.  

"I think that's a great first step that we're taking," Johnson said, implying that there is no further immediate action planned at this time.  

Johnson attended the community meeting following the protest Monday, along with Dean of Students John Davenport.  

"I thought it was well-attended and it was a great opportunity for students to voice their personal experiences on campus," Johnson said.  

The Student Government Association will discuss the treatment of the Black Homecoming Committee during an Academic Senate meeting from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Old Main room of the Bone Student Center.  

ELIZABETH SEILS is a News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at elseils@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @SeilsElizabeth 


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