OSU Students Continue to Push for Diversity One Year After Racist Graffiti
When OSU Junior Suparna Reddy says she saw racial graffiti sprayed on the side of Hale Black Cultural Center last April, she wasn't sure what to should do.
"I knew something had gone wrong but I wasn't really sure what was expected of me," says Suparna Reddy.
But this year, Reddy says her inaction has turned into action.
"There were coalitions forming but it was only in the activist community," says Reddy.
She joined the university's No Place for Hate Task Force which was instructed to come up with ways to ensure incidents like last year don't happen again. So far, the university has implemented a hate crime alert and made changes to how students identify themselves in the student databases.
New this year is the No Place for Hate Week which ends Sunday. Seventy-five student organizations partnered to encourage students to reflect on themselves.
Reddy says one of their goals is to get students to sign a no hate pledge.
"It's basically just a commitment to yourself that you are going to fight hate and discrimination," Reddy told another student.
So far, the group has collected 900 signatures.
Students from various groups also gathered for a human rights concert near Buckeye Lake Friday night. Their goal was to inspire others to continue to work together.
Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, one of the task force chairs says the group will ask the university to include more diverse class and recruit professors that teach them.
"We don't have numbers. We are really thinking in terms of how inclusive and we how we invite excellence in across the board," says Adams-Gaston