University life should be filled with students from every walk of life, given the safety to express their beliefs, ideals and opinions.
No student should be marginalized, but a new Twitter hashtag #BeingMinorityatTCU shows how some Texas Christian University students encounter racism regularly.
Sick of disenfranchisement, three students met with the chancellor with a “list of demands.” They felt “students of color are at a constant disadvantage,” and they wanted action.
TCU listened and stepped up to implement change, a heartening response.
Officials announced the hiring of a new “cabinet-level position to lead [TCU’s] efforts regarding diversity and inclusion,” said a news release from the chancellor’s office.
The students brought forward about 14 solutions, like funding a diversity speaker series, hiring more faculty of color and implementing a zero-tolerance policy against hate speech.
It is saddening they have to demand change at all. Minority students shouldn’t feel unheard and have to express their frustrations with a hashtag.
And if the comments section on the TCU 360 student media article are any indication, minority students have a long fight ahead of them.
TCU’s involvement should bring hope — but most importantly, results.