SGA discusses cultural competency for faculty

Nancy Allen and Jabari Asim, chairs of the Ad Hoc Cultural Competency Committee, and Robert Colby, president of the Faculty Assembly, appeared at the Student Government Association’s weekly meeting on Oct. 15 to address the progress in cultural competency training following last spring’s student protests.

“We convened almost immediately after the sit-ins. We are committed to creating a space in our classroom and our syllabi where students feel comfortable and stimulated,” Asim, an associate professor of writing, literature and publishing, said. “I know what it’s like to walk into a room and not be represented.”

Arianna Conte, class of 2018 senator, spoke on behalf of Annie Makielski, the external programs commissioner who is currently studying abroad at Kasteel Well. Conte raised the concern of this training across campuses.

“A lot of the teachers that are currently at the castle that [Makielski] is interacting with are lacking severely in cultural competency,” Conte said.

Asim explained that because the faculty at the external programs are part-time, they have not been included in the cultural competency training discussions yet. He agreed, however, that Emerson values should be brought to any campus, regardless of location.

During the announcements portion of the meeting, senior Shekinah Glory-Beepat announced her resignation from her role as chief justice after over two years. Junior Elias Romanos, the deputy chief justice, will be taking over her position.

News Editor Laura King, a friend of Arianna Conte and Annie Makielski, did not edit this article.