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The Student Government Association met on Tuesday, November 23 via zoom to discuss passing the bills and to invite Jeffery Budziak to speak as this week’s guest speaker.
Jeffery Budziak, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, spoke to SGA about critical race theory and what it really means. He delved into the history of civil rights and its correlation with critical race theory.
“There’s not a lot of perspective from people of color when it comes to recording history. I think it’s important that we focus on that critical theory lens of race,” Budziak said.
Budziak went a long way in explaining how teaching critical race theory can specifically help WKU students.
“I ask students if they think we should teach critical race theory in the classroom. The answer is mixed, at best. I don’t think any class can have an accurate conversation about the legal process without bringing up that angle,” Budziak said.
After Budziak left, WKU junior Andre Swai came forward as a student speaker, supporting Budziak’s previous points on critical race theory.
“I am a student here at Western, and teaching critical race theory is important to creating a safe space on campus. It’s sad that some teachers don’t understand the theory, and it’s time to change that,” Swai said.
Resolution 3.21f was reintroduced at this week’s SGA meeting. Resolution 3.21f was introduced at last week’s SGA meeting and was aimed at stopping predatory student loans. It was heavily criticized and debate on the bill was postponed to this week’s meeting by a close vote of 17 to 16.
After discussion of the resolution, the resolution was passed with 17 senators voting yes, 8 voting no and 4 senators abstaining. Resolution 6.21f carried.
Resolution 6.21f was presented during the meeting. The purpose of the resolution was to require Title IX training for everyone on campus. This includes all students currently enrolled at WKU and WKU faculty. Resolution 6.21f was passed by an overwhelming majority.
Resolution 7.21f was the final resolution presented at this week’s SGA meeting. Resolution 7.21f was intended to ensure that critical race theory was taught at WKU. It ensures that WKU accurately teaches Critical Race Theory. The vote and the debate on this resolution are postponed to the next meeting for reasons of time.
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