Following Illinois State University’s President Larry Dietz’s campus-wide statement to the university yesterday, Vice President of Student Affairs Levester Johnson responded 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.
Later on today from 7-9PM in the Old Main room in the Bone, SGA’s Academic Senate will be discussing issues surrounding the treatment of the Black Homecoming Committee. We appreciate any and everyone that can make it there!— Black Homecoming Committee (@BHC_ISU) October 9, 2019