Purdue students react to university's plan to create racial inequality task force

Students want to see action happen on campus towards being more inclusive.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 7:57 PM
Updated: Jun 16, 2020 10:12 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Purdue Board of Trustees said it will work to establish a racial inequality task force this fall. The trustees discussed this at the meeting held last week.

The discussion was started by Student Trustee Noah Scott. According to a press release, Provost Jay Akridge said ideas and input will be gathered through the summer. They want to include people from all of Purdue's campuses around the state. The goal is to formally launch the task force early in the fall semester.

Black students at Purdue said they want to see action and not words.

"I don't want to hear any more of this as we move forward we plan to work together to create solutions, no none of that," said Senior Brenden Drinkard-McFarland. "Show us that so called solution that you've been working on for so long."

Sophomore Jordan Harris said this could be a good thing, but he added addressing systemic racism on campus could have happened sooner.

"It's a step in the right direction I think but at the same time, if they would have listened to us in the first place we wouldn't even need the task force," he said.

Those who have ideas or thoughts for the board to consider are invited to send them through the summer to diversity@purdue.edu.

News 18 reached out to the board of trustees multiple times to get an interview about the task force. However, they said they want to hold off talking about the task force until it has been made.

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