Student Government Association passes diversity and inclusion resolution

Rachel Adams

The diversity and inclusion resolution proposed by a Student Government Association senator was passed Nov. 3.

According to a previous George-Anne article, KeyShawn Housey, SGA senator-at-large, introduced a proposal to promote and improve discussion regarding diversity and inclusion at the solidarity walk on Oct. 19.

Housey later held a listening session on Oct. 22 to discuss and answer questions about the resolution.

The resolution reads: “The Georgia Southern University Student Government Association supports the implementation of an ethnicity and diversity training curriculum and providing students and staff the platform to speak their grievances regarding race, diversity and inclusion.”

Housey said in an email that as of Saturday, the resolution was passed by the Student Government Association as university legislation and that all its contents have now been put into effect University-wide.

“I have been notified that members of the administration have read the legislation and are beginning to work on their role in its implementation,” Housey said. “I expect that myself and President Steele will work closely with them throughout the process.”

The SGA will also have a large role in the implementation of the resolution over the coming period.

“Expect more discourse on diversity and race to come from the SGA office. As such I want to remind the students of both campuses that anyone is allowed to join in on our conversations within the office,” Housey said. “Furthermore, within the coming weeks, SGA Senators on both campuses will begin work and complete the training to become certified Diversity Peer Educators under the Office of Multicultural Affairs.”

Housey’s plans include adding a new course into the core curriculum that focuses on diversity and inclusion.

Students will also have a chance to be involved in the upcoming changes by providing their feedback and opinions. The President’s Cabinet, Presidential Diversity Advisory Council and the SGA must provide a report on the progress of race relations at GS, which will be completed based on feedback from students and faculty.

“That report will explain where we have grown as a university regarding diversity and inclusion and where we have regressed as a university,” Housey said. “That report cannot be done without the input of not just students but faculty and staff at every sector university-wide giving their 100 percent honest feedback on the matter. This is the opportunity where everyone can air out there [sic] grievances on race relations, diversity and inclusion with impunity.”

The entire resolution can be viewed below:

Rachel Adams, The George-Anne News Reporter, [email protected]