A day after the University of Missouri System Board of Curators called an unusual listening session, asking to hear the concerns of MU student groups, several students stepped up to a microphone to tell the curators their stories and advocate for their causes.
Students of color, international students and graduate students gathered Friday in the Reynolds Alumni Center for the curators meeting. They spoke about students’ lack of trust in the administration, the devaluation of graduate students, prioritizing shared governance, racial tension and a feeling of isolation that many students of color feel at MU.
The meeting began at 3:30 p.m. before MU began its Thanksgiving break. Although groups were told that they would be allotted 20 minutes to address the curators, speakers were asked at the meeting to limit their speeches to 10 minutes. Thirteen groups ended up speaking.