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Student Leaders write to President Leahy administration and the Board of Trustees

JUNE 19, 2020

DEAR PRESIDENT LEAHY AND MEMBERS OF THE MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES,

In light of the recent renaming of Wilson Hall and establishment of the Diversity Initiatives Fund, we seek to address the University’s practices that have been discriminatory towards students of color, particularly those who are low-income. While this long overdue action is a positive step in the right direction, the environment and institutional structure perpetuated by Monmouth and its administration remains extremely hostile towards students of color, in particular Black students. We acknowledge the significance of this symbolic gesture, but it is not enough to redress these systemic issues. Monmouth has a continued pattern, as we have evidenced below, of showing the University's complete disregard for the wellbeing and prosperity of its students of color and overall low-income student population. In particular, President Leahy, your public proclamations and support of low-income students/Federal Pell Grant Recipients are in complete contrast with the actions and measures you take in private. Moreover, members of the Monmouth community continue to freely make racially charged statements that are both harmful and disheartening towards students of color.

 

June 2020

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WHY DOES ALL OF THIS MATTER?

 

QUESTION POSED TO THE LEAHY ADMINISTRATION AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES

President Leahy has voiced pride in the fact that Monmouth’s incoming class of 2024, is the “most racially incoming class in University history.”

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Signed,

Esosa Ruffin ‘20

Monmouth Pell Recipients for CARES Aid (MPRCA)

 

Nicholas J. Coscarelli ‘20

Immediate Past President, Student-Alumni Association

 

Jenai Bacote,

Students for Systemic Change

 

Shadiyah J. Belton

President, Black Student Union

 

Jasmine N. Cooper & Ameka Yawson

President, National Council of Negro Women-Monmouth Section(NCNW)

 

Addy Diaz

President, Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

 

Kennedy I. Johnson

First to Fly

 

Zachary S. Dougherty

President, Monmouth University College Democrats

 

Brooke Kampf

President, Psychology Club

 

Chyna M. Walker

President, Students Advocating Girls’ Education

 

Jasmine Cooper, ΑΚΑ-ΤΗ

Lissette E. Pena,  ΛΘΑ-Τ

Brayan Loja, ΛΘΦ-Π

Yarleny Mejia,  ΧΥΣ-ΓΒ

Joshua E. Putman ΩΨΦ-ΦΥ

Chapter Presidents of the Multicultural Greek Council