University of Missouri Protests and their effect on Higher Education across the Nation

November 24, 2015

 

Endangered Scholars Worldwide is deeply concerned about the ongoing racial tension experienced by students, faculty, and staff of color in educational institutions across the country. 

 

This issue was recently brought into the national media spotlight through a series of student protests, beginning at the University of Missouri and spreading to campuses around the country, including at The New School. While the University of Missouri’s protests gained the most media attention due to several headline-worthy elements, they also served as a catalyst for students across the nation to call attention and demand change to the widespread inequity, racism, and fear experienced by people of color in American educational institutions.

 

These protests have sparked a national conversation, but conversation is not enough. The ongoing and increasing severity of threats made against students and faculty of color have added to grave concerns about the ability of scholars and intellectuals and students to work safely in American educational settings, particularly at the university level, where education is elective.The targeting of scholars and professors in the ongoing unrest is particularly distressing, and it harms the entire educational community by undermining the university's ability to meet its educational, research, and social responsibilities.

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