A group of professors at Western Kentucky University part of the faculty government passed a resolution in support of their student government’s demands for free tuition for black students as reparations for slavery, segregation, and economic inequality.
The Student Government Association resolution recently called for reparations “in the form of full and free access for all black people.”
Last week, however, the demands were somewhat supported by professors in their own resolution that instead was an attempt to “stand in solidarity” with the SGA resolution. The faculty resolution supported the general sentiment of the SGA resolution without supporting its contents.
When the student government passed its reparations resolution, the retiring President Gary Ransdell commented that the university would not follow the students’ demands but would instead increase efforts to “direct resources, energy and effort toward those methods that are responsible, practical and proven to achieve student success, with a particular focus on underrepresented minorities, low-income and first generation college students.”
Faculty is currently applying pressure on new President Timothy Caboni to make sure those promises come to fruition. The faculty poses a need-based funds program to aide black students and other “underrepresented groups.”
Faculty leaders also want Caboni to start a campus conversation to wrestle “with the legacy of discrimination in Kentucky and in America that created ongoing wealth disparities that negatively impact our campus community,” the resolution states.
No faculty members have offered any answers as to why they chose not to support the students’ resolution to offer free tuition to black students.
What do you think about the faculty’s response to students demanding free tuition for black students?
(H/T The College Fix)