The Movement at Lehigh University

We are a student-led group working to promote diversity, acceptance, and understanding within the Lehigh community. Our goal is to create an environment where all students, faculty, and staff can feel welcome to express their individuality in a safe community atmosphere.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

The Movement – List of Demands

We want an environment at Lehigh University that promotes a diverse student body, faculty and staff.
We want to assist Lehigh University in its efforts to create an academic environment that will attract, recruit, retain, and prepare a diverse group of students to assume leadership roles in the world wide community; to assist in developing an environment where the faculty, staff, administration, community and curriculum combine to enrich these students; and to expand the intellectual and social horizons of every individual that attends Lehigh University.
Towards this end, the University must execute the following reforms:

I. Incorporate a required course in the basic curriculum of ALL colleges which would be a weekly, credit-bearing seminar on acceptance, prejudice and other diversity issues
II. Include a greater breadth of courses offered at Lehigh that focus on racial, cultural, gender, ethnic and LGBTQA studies
III. Faculty must include a Diversity Integrity Statement on their syllabi indicating that the faculty will respect the individuality of their students
IV. Integrate a component during the freshman orientation that explores existing power hierarchies and prejudices in society
V. Require freshmen in ALL colleges to take a revised and improved Choices and Decisions Seminar which will educate incoming students about available student resources

I. Create an Office of Institutional Diversity as the core of Lehigh University’s diversity initiatives
II. Schedule a monthly open forum between the Lehigh University President and student body
III. Provide common meeting space for student organizations, leading to an effective Student Center
IV. Maintain a fund of money, known as the “Social Environment Improvement Fund,” for the purpose of bringing more diversity-related events to campus. This fund will be placed under the supervision of the Office of Student Activities
V. Expand current structure of Lehigh’s Student Affairs hierarchy
A. Hire an additional staff member to serve as Assistant Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs
B. Renovate and expand the Multicultural Center
C. Hire a Director of LGBTQA Center, to operate directly under the Vice Provost of Student Affairs
VI. Create a more efficient system for anonymously reporting hate crimes, other forms of discrimination and prejudices committed by students and faculty

I. Target low-income students for Merit, Community Service and Financial need-based aid
II. Increase the Diversity Delegates Ambassador Program budget
III. Include an essay question addressing diversity on the Undergraduate Admissions Application
IV. Provide online resources available in multiple languages, especially those websites pertaining to admissions, financial aid, university news and health services
V. Focus attention on recruiting efforts in the South Side Bethlehem community


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just great. I want to spent 45 grand a year to have a bunch of left-wing nut jobs indoctrinate my child into the unsubstantiated world of socialist doctrinaire. Universities are supposed to educate first and research second, yet more often I see more social engineering than education. You want real diversity? Where is the men's center to balance the women's? The caucasian student union? Say what you mean. Don't say diversity--say PC diversity because that's what it is.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous. You are a bunch of brainwashed, intolerant liberals. Stop pushing your racist agenda on the rest of us.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Lehigh Alum said...

I'm not entirely certain I understand what either of you find so "racist." Would you mind elaborating on this? I don't believe anyone would stop a group from forming, say, a Men's Center. If a group is formed with the intent to entirely exclude or harm others, then it becomes a problem. Check out the Women of Color Alliance- it has a wide range of individuals that come from different backgrounds. I think you're misinterpreting the point of The Movement which seems to be to support an environment that accepts all students, not to create an environment that is hostile to caucasians or anyone else for that matter.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just another attempt by the radical left to puish their views on everyone else. It's ironic that those who preach acceptance are usually the least tolerant of them all, this being one of those situations. What would happen if a student dissagreed with one of these points? They would be labeled and immediately thought of as an enemy against this sorry excuse for a "Movement"

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this "movement"/website dead yet?? Good. What a bunch of morons. If you wanted diversity, you should have gone to Howard University, or Rutgers/Newark Campus.


Anonymous Lehigh Alumni 1998

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