APIs for Equity and Diversity: University of Minnesota Asian American Students Lead Peaceful Protest For Representation

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

This is great to see and read about (thank you Kare 11 where I also got the above pic). When I was at the U of M I was just worried about not sleeping in to miss my Tuesday and Thursday classes.

The student group, called APIs for Equity and Diversity, protested outside McNamara Alumni Center where the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) hosted an annual breakfast. The students timed their protest to get the attention of the alumni, stakeholders and university officials gathered.

Ken Gonzales, a senior born in the Philippines, and junior Kaochi Pah, who is Hmong, led what the group called a day of action, called #StepUpOED. They asked Office for Equity and Diversity to work harder to represent more Asian American Pacific Islander students on campus.

"As a Hmong student I always felt marginalized already [...]"
Read it in full here.