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Syracuse University will allocate $600,000 for volunteer programming in the city of Syracuse, a university official announced Friday.
#NotAgainSU, a movement led by Black students, demanded in February that SU invest $600,000 in volunteer opportunities after calling the university’s initial $300,000 commitment “woefully inadequate.” SU officials signed a list of demands from #NotAgainSU in November and made additional commitments during the movement’s 31-day occupation of Crouse-Hinds Hall that began Feb. 17.
The movement said in its demand that Syracuse residents should help decide how the university allocates the volunteer funding. Keith Alford, chief diversity and inclusion officer, did not specify in a campus-wide email whether residents would have a say in distributing the $600,000.
The university has also taken steps toward meeting organizers’ other demands, Alford said.
#NotAgainSU also demanded that SEM 100, a first-year seminar on diversity and inclusion, address the history of student protests at SU. The university will make this change to the SEM 100 curriculum pending approval from the University Senate, Alford said.
SU also incorporated feedback from the movement into the final drafts of the university’s Student Code of …read more
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