Threat stokes concerns at MU as activists, administrators plan for future

Eleven members of student organization Concerned Student 1950 encouraged people to unite and ask for solutions to racism on campus. |Yizhu Wang/Missouri Business Alert
On Monday, Eeleven members of student organization Concerned Student 1950 encouraged people to unite and ask for solutions to racism on campus. |Yizhu Wang/Missouri Business Alert

Tensions ran high around the University of Missouri late Tuesday after an anonymous social media threat stoked fears of violence on the Columbia campus. By Wednesday morning, police said they had apprehended the suspect responsible for the threats.

That followed a day during which student activists and university administrators looked ahead after the Monday resignations of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. Both officials stepped down amid controversy over racism at the school.

Members of Missouri’s Legislative Black Caucus met Tuesday with Concerned Student 1950, the black student group at MU that led protests and other efforts that culminated in Wolfe and Loftin’s resignations.

Loftin, who will take a new position at the university in January, joined the discussions.

Also Tuesday, MU filled a newly created position, naming Chuck Henson as interim vice chancellor for inclusion, diversity and equity.

Hundreds of graduate students congregated at the school’s Traditions Plaza on Tuesday as a show of continued support for the protest movement. After Monday’s resignations, Concerned Student 1950 emphasized that they were catalyzing a movement, not a moment, and that they had additional demands and goals for improving the racial climate on MU’s campus.

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