Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook, along with SIUE vice chancellors, faculty and staff, listened attentively as approximately 250 SIUE students gathered Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Stratton Quadrangle. A variety of speakers came forward to voice concerns about campus life and their expectation that the University work toward a more inclusive environment.
“There is a time for listening and a time for doing,” he continued. “Along with my leadership team, we are grateful for the opportunity to listen and are committed to acting. Both are essential. In order to act effectively, we need to hear from students, and listening is part of the process. But, we also won’t accomplish real change if we don’t do something after better understanding the issues. We are enriched through open dialogue and respectful intellectual discourse.”
SIUE Mass Communications students weigh in on the walk out here.
“As an institution, SIUE will work to create structures and practices that promote true equity and inclusion, and that serve to dismantle inequality,” said Denise Cobb, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The students’ collective voices will make SIUE even better, and we recognize their leadership contributes to positive change. We remain ready to work with them to improve our campus for everyone.”