The board of the Cambio Center, on behalf of the Center’s fellows, shares the following solidarity statement:
The Cambio Center recognizes that institutionalized racism shapes our society and our university. We therefore support and admire MU students' efforts to address these issues and other forms of marginalization and oppression. We are concerned for their emotional and physical wellbeing and their safety, and stand ready to work with them as well as faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure that the University of Missouri comes closer to representing its core values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.
We expect that the university build upon these recent events to take further bold action that will lead to a long-term cultural transformation that will result in a safe and inclusive university for all. We all need to be agents of change on the issues facing us this week--and those issues that people of color have faced for generations--by sharing our research and personal experiences. Our next brown bag gathering on Nov. 18, 2015, will focus on drawing lessons from our studies of integration/exclusion in Missouri rural communities to what happens here on our campus. In addition, our faculty fellows commit to individually speaking out about racism and other forms of oppression in our classes, public presentations, and individual work with students. We stand in solidarity.
Established in 2004, the MU Cambio Center leads research and outreach on Latinos and changing communitities. The Mission Statement guides the Center's work to help understand the demographic changes in our communities and to provide knowledge and best practices to facilitate a smooth integration of newcomers and immigrants of all backgrounds to Missouri and the Midwest.