TO THE EDITOR: We, as Executive Members of Diversity Affairs Council, feel the need to voice our concern with Associated Student Government (ASG), regarding the recent selection of the Secretary for Diversity Affairs. The Secretary is to become a member of the Executive Board of Diversity Affairs Council. It is required that candidates for the Secretary position interview with the Board to share their ideas and testify to their experiences with the diverse communities they are requesting to represent. The Board then has the opportunity to report to the Speaker of Senate which candidates are approved or disapproved based on these qualifications. However, candidates who are not supported by the Board are still able to present before and be elected by ASG Senate. The Secretary of the Diversity Affairs Council must be fully committed to supporting and creating opportunities for representation of marginalized communities within ASG. Therefore, the Secretary must demonstrate knowledge of the experiences of various marginalized communities on Miami’s campus and must be aware of and able to articulate campus climate issues affecting these communities. In order to successfully execute these expectations listed above, DAC requires that Executive Board members, including the Secretary, be involved with and have strong ties to diverse communities on campus. ASG had an opportunity to select an approved candidate, but instead disregarded DAC’s input. In doing so, ASG went against the best...Read More
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