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The Check-In Outtake: MU's Social Justice Centers

On April 19, over 100 MU students stood outside Jesse Hall to protest the alleged plans to fire some or all staff members of the university’s social justice centers. Students shared personal stories about how those staff members have helped them get through traumatic experiences on campus and find their sense of community. The University has claimed the allegations are false and that they are “restructuring” the social justice centers - but much remains unclear.

On this episode of The Check-In we’re discussing those social justice centers, how this restructuring could affect their communities, and how the students of Mizzou feel about the change. We spoke with KBIA Reporter and Producer Rebecca Smith, Strickland Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies at the University of Missouri Devin Fergus, and received calls from Mizzou students of past and present.

How might this affect our community? How might this affect YOU? The social justice centers were designed as a safe space for marginalized communities. Are you worried about what these spaces would look like after a restructuring?

If anything we say resonates with you, leave us a voicemail at 833-560-1329 or tweet us @CheckIn_KBIA to join the conversation.

Isabella is a student reporter in the KBIA Newsroom
Hannah France is a convergence radio student at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism – set to graduate with her Bachelor of Journalism in May 2021.