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Proper Representation Is A Must

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We, the Students of Color, expect proper representation. As educators, it is your responsibility to prepare your students for the field they wish to be apart of and quite frankly we have been let down. Throughout the history of this department, the opportunities and work of People of Color has been neglected. The classes that are offered, lessons taught, the productions presented, and the faculty in its entirety fail to represent the culture of our community. Overtime, the students have conversed independently about these issues and the way it affects us. Now, especially with the influx of Students of Color over the past few years, changes NEED to be made. As a result of this petition, we demand the same opportunities our white counterparts receive:

Productions that show POC as individuals and not caricatures

Courses that bring attention to our community and differences

An open environment to bring attention to the insensitive remarks made by our educators (because they EXIST)

And most importantly, Proper representation in the staff as a whole for the Students of Color. One Part-time employee is not proper representation. we deserve a staff that reflects the world we live in. They should be in the room for ALL meetings and decisions made for the "betterment" of the department, on campus for the students to see and recognize, and an actual voice that is heard and respected. Until this is implemented, no amount of inner thought or show change will matter.

Until these are achieved, until an actual promise is made, these demands will remain. There is no half doing Inclusion and Representation. Make the right decision, and change for the better.

-The Students of Color at CSU

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