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UO Truth Alive and Organizing!

UO Truth did not die down at all! We just got somewhat sidetracked but we are back at it. So its back to the same thing with admin here at UO. Check this out, email us (uotruth@gmail.com) to stay connected and/or if you have questions!

http://dailyemerald.com/2013/10/16/uo-administration-transitions-the-womens-center-and-multicultural-center-away-from-the-asuo/

February62012

Lyllye B. Parker (an Academic Advisor at OMAS) and some of the UO Truth Coalition members at the Women’s Center annual Lyllye B. Parker Women of Color Summit! 

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February52012

CMAE Student Steering Committee Application

Hello everyone, 


Below you will find the application to be a part of the student steering committee. This committee will meet with Administration (Robin/Karen) and Directors (Jane, Chicora and Audrey) and establish a partnership not only for the transition process, but for the future of OMAS/CMAE to ensure there is transparency. If you can please forward this to all your union members (we plan to visit you as well) and everyone else that you feel will be interested. If you’d like more information please email us or Diana Salazar, dsalazar@uoregon.edu

Applications are DUE: Feb 13th for OMAS students or Feb 10th for MCC Union members

The UO Truth Coalition have come together in response to the lack of inclusion and transparency of the UO administration’s attempts to restructure programs that directly impact students. The Office of Student Affairs and Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity have begun making drastic changes to the services available to students of color without including, consulting or even informing students. That is why the UO Truth Coalition is establishing a committee which will meet with Administration.

Robin Holmes has agreed to meet with the UO Truth Coalition and the steering committee to ensure that administration does not make any more changes without student voice. It is crucial that students are not only informed but are actively participating with the structuring of the services provided for them. The goal for this committee is to ensure that the growing number of self-identified students of color will have the necessary foundation for success during and after attending the University of Oregon.

Please fill out the application and email it to Nina Bautista at andreina@uoregon.edu. Please keep your answers to one paragraph responses.

Full Name:

School Year:

E-mail:

Phone Number:

  1. Please list any University groups you are a part of:
  2. Please list any program’s you are involved within OMAS/CMAE:
  3. What do you believe is the role of a student member on a University committee?
  4. How should students’ roles differ from other committee members?
  5. What do you think critical conscious thinking is and how will you apply it to this committee?
  6. Why should we choose you as one of the representatives on this committee?
  7. Are you aware of the commitment you are about to make? You will be meeting biweekly with the other member committees and it is important that you show up to ALL the committee meetings.

UO Truth

November222011

The new Center for Multicultural Excellence website

It looks pretty dreary, aesthetically, compared to the OMAS Website. 


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Emails to/from Robin and Karen.

Dear Robin and Karen, 

First, thank you for taking the time to meet with the UO Truth Coalition representatives earlier today, Monday the 21st. We see this as a sign that you are willing to work with students on this issue though we feel this is not enough, and hope that we can eventually come to an agreement about how to better serve students of color on this campus.  

We write this email with the goal of clarifying what we see as necessary to begin working together toward the goal of bettering services for students of color through forming a student, community, and alumni organized steering committee.  The three things we would like to see by November 24th are: 

1. Te get the letter of apology and the commitment of saying that anything major is going to happen over the winter break without student input

2. To have our 20+ questions answered so as to inform the needs of the steering committee and thus the responsibilities

3. Have the official website containing official documents, plans, and other information regarding the transition from OMAS to CMAE up before Thanksgiving break.  This will act as the primary source of information for students, staff, and community members to utilize as a means to accurately inform us about current administrative decisions. 

We wanted to clarify these points to help move this process forward and commit to student involvement in the future development of CMAE.

If there is anything else that needs further clarification, please let us know.

Sincerely, 

UO Truth Coalition 

Response from Robin Holmes: 

Dear UOTruth:

I have searched through my emails and your tumblr and I am afraid I cannot find the original drafting of the 20 questions.  Would you mind resending those questions to me?  In the meantime, an update:  the website is up and live.  Chicora apparently put the finishing touches on the site late yesterday.  I am not sure who told you that Chicora was not still tasked with this project or working on it, as we agreed upon in the meeting last week.  Regardless, the website is up and we will continue to post to it as new material becomes available.  The website address is:  (http://cmae.uoregon.edu).  Thanks.  Please (re)send the questions as soon as you can.

9AM

Protest today:

Please meet us between 11:00am and 11:15am in the Multicultural Center (below Panda Express) to begin the protest together.

If you can’t come until later, please join us directly in the EMU amphitheater anytime between 11:30am and 1pm. Wear black and/or red.

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Photos from yesterday. Students protest the lack of signature, freezing all changes that will/could be made over the break.

Solidarity!

Students of color must be heard. This is not the administration’s school. It is the students’s school. If you want to run the UO like a business….well your customers aren’t happy right now. 

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SEND THIS OUT ON EVERY LIST SERVE YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON! ALSO IF POSSIBLE, KEEP THE BOLDED PARTS. THANKS!

The UO Truth Coalition will be protesting the administration’s deliberate exclusion of student voice in the restructuring of services for students of color. We also invite all other students with similar issues in areas of sexual assault policies and the EMU Renovation to attend and show solidarity.

Please meet us between 11:00am and 11:15am in the Multicultural Center (below Panda Express) to begin the protest together.

If you can’t come until later, please join us directly in the EMU amphitheater anytime between 11:30am and 1pm. Wear black and/or red.

The focus of this protest will be Robin Holmes’s refusal to sign an agreement to freeze the restructuring of services for students of color. We propose to have ANOTHER PROTEST NEXT WEEK after Thanksgiving break in which we will ALL PROTEST THE ADMINISTRATION’S LACK OF INPUT ON ISSUES ALL ACROSS THE BOARD. We will be stronger united than divided.

Thanks and see you there!

Sincerely,

UO Truth Coalition

November212011
Students from UO Truth brave the rain to command attention to Robin Holmes unwillingness to sign the revised Letter of Demands. 
Stay tuned for coming work ahead to ensure student voice is heard and required in the new CMAE plans. 

Students from UO Truth brave the rain to command attention to Robin Holmes unwillingness to sign the revised Letter of Demands. 

Stay tuned for coming work ahead to ensure student voice is heard and required in the new CMAE plans. 

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ATTENTION IMPORTANT ACTION:

ATTENTION IMPORTANT ACTION:

WHO: UO Truth Coalition, Students of Color and Allies 

WHAT: Action to ask Holmes for a freeze

WHERE: MCC then Johnson Hall

WHEN: Monday @ 2pm

WHY: We need to show our power in our numbers. We need to show them that we care about this and we are not letting this slide by quietly.

Meeting with Robin Holmes Monday, November 21st from 2:50 to 3:00. We will meet in the MCC at 2pm to prep, from there we will head to Johnson Hall as the UO Truth Coalition. Wear BLACK T-shirts. A couple of people will go into Robin’s office to give her the document asking for a freeze, and she will either sign it or not sign it. While people are inside the Coalition will be bringing attention outside to what is going on inside. That means outside needs to be loud and visible. Depending on her response we will all get together outside and celebrate or raise a little bit of hell to get started.

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For Immediate Release: 11/21/2011

For Immediate Release: 11/21/2011

Contact:

Diana | Education Chair of UO MEChA, UO Truth Coalition Member

971-388-8158 | dsalazar@uoregon.edu

UO Truth Coalition Demands Freeze of OMAS/CMAE to Include Student Input

                                          —Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at 2:30 Johnson Hall UO Campus

The UO Truth Coalition will be asking Robin Holmes, the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Interim Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, to sign a written agreement to freeze the controversial restructuring of OMAS. This demand will be presented Monday, November 21, 2011 at 2:30 in front of Johnson Hall .

The freeze will allow UO Truth to educate students, community and staff about the CMAE as well as gather their ideas in order for UO Truth to have broader representation. Also, a freeze will allow UO Truth to establish the steering committee and ensure that administration does not make any more changes over the winter break. The UO Truth Coalition believes that changes of services to students of color require the active participation of students of color. “Keeping community, faculty, staff and students out of development only increases the division between administration and everyone else” said Rina Sundahl, a member of the UO Truth Coalition. “Our voice, our critiques, our goals, our needs reflected in these services should be identified by us for us.”

The UO Truth Coalition describes itself as students of color and allies “coming together in response to the lack of inclusion and transparency of the UO administration’s attempts to restructure programs that directly impact our livelihoods, and collaborating to ensure that the restructuring yields desirable results for us.”

On October 1st, 2011, the Office of Student Affairs and Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity began making drastic changes to the services available to students of color without including, consulting or even informing students. The Office of Multicultural Academic Success (OMAS), which provides many of us with crucial and critical services, was dissolved and a new restructuring of the university surfaced, called the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE). To the best of our knowledge the only restructuring that has occurred thus far has been the name change of OMAS to CMAE, job descriptions of Chicora Martin, Audrey Cramer, and Jane Irungu and who the staff reports to. As students of color and allies, we do not support the current developments and restructuring of the University of Oregon’s services for students of color. “That is why we are demanding a freeze until student input is taken into account and we are no longer pushed to the side when changing services that affect us as students of color,” added Rina Sundahl.

For additional information or to arrange an interview contact: Diana at uotruth@gmail.com or 971-388-8158

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