The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
African American female student studying from home during lockdown
Pediatric NP Online Programs: Alleviating Gaps in Colorado's Healthcare System
April 10, 2024

In Colorado's intricate healthcare sector, the provision of specialized care to its pediatric population remains a challenge. Pediatric Nurse...

ASCSU senators demand response to ‘blackface incident’

Senators in the Associated Students of Colorado State University called for a direct response to the recent “blackface incident” on campus. 

Chief of Staff Melissa Quesada said that ASCSU had sent a message to the student body emphasizing that ASCSU was not associated with the incident in any way, shape or form.

Ad

This was a clear opportunity to do something.”

Chief of Staff, Melissa Quesada

“We’d like to make sure that we are expressing a culture of taking care of each other and making sure we are very respectful of our community on campus,” Quesada said. “We want to make sure you are taking care of each other.”

Quesada said that ASCSU is looking into what they can do to foster an environment of inclusivity on campus. 

“Our Department of Diversity and Inclusion is already in the works of doing something in response to the event that we can incorporate the larger campus on,” Quesada said. This may take the form of a Diversity Day for the University.

Senator Kyle Hill asked if this incident will result in any future limitations on hate speech. 

Quesada said that the most important thing ASCSU can do is continue to educate the student body on inclusivity and the implications of actions like these.

Senator Jaquikeyah Fields said it would be an injustice to say that ASCSU has been educating people.

“This space is hostile,” Fields said. “A lot of students don’t feel comfortable here because of their identities or others’ opinions on their identities. So I’d be curious to know what actual obligations are we going to be doing.”

Problems like this are causing racial fatigue among the student body, Fields said. 

“We have a new selection of students coming in, and they don’t feel safe on the third week of school,” Fields said. “Is there truly an active plan to make sure that students feel safe?”

Ad

Quesada said that she makes educational events mandatory for her team and informs the rest of ASCSU about these events.

“You’re in a very powerful seat to do something, so do something,” Quesada said. “I hate where we have meetings and nothing’s getting done. There’s nothing on the agenda today — why? This was a clear opportunity to do something.”

Senator Alex Benitez encouraged others to make a change by writing resolutions or bills.

“We can fund whatever you want, but make sure it has meaning behind it,” Benitez said.

Fields said that this incident is deeper than blackface and should be called racism.

“The last thing that I want to see is a student physically get hurt from something like this,” Fields said. “We have all seen in the past, even if you have turned a blind eye to it, that racism can manifest into anything.”

At the end of the meeting, Senator Josh Johnson said that he appreciates the night’s discussion.

“There are many people who do not know what we do in here and that we are having these discussions about people’s lives and how passionate we truly are to make CSU the best place it can be,” Johnson said. 

Johnson said that he hopes that the student body can unite to make sure that no Ram is impacted negatively by these events again.

Charlotte Lang can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @chartrickwrites.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *