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MLK Living Legacy Celebration

Acknowledgement of Harm

The office of Student Diversity and Inclusion is a collection of resources that includes Multicultural Student Services, the First Forward Student Success Program and the MLK Living Legacy Committee.

We would like to acknowledge the harm that has been caused by the staff on the Student Diversity and Inclusion team. As a team our highest aspirations are to model how diversity should be valued through inclusive practices and to advocate on behalf of equity for all Boise State University students. Recently some students bravely told us some of our practices are missing this mark.

We have been slow to recognize and address the harm caused and for this we take responsibility. We dedicate ourselves to addressing the harm that has been caused to folx in the trans and non-binary community and commit to these changes:

  • learning to recognize harm and address it with care, centering those who have been harmed through efforts to respond.
  • being an open resource so trans and non-binary folx will feel comfortable using our office
  • overhauling our hiring, training and accountability practices

We believe that EVERY student at Boise State University deserves to feel valued and included in their pursuit of their educational dreams. We re-commit to our students from the trans and non-binary population, especially during this time when they have been subject to messages of dehumanization from beyond our campus.

We cannot stop all harm but we can, and will, strive towards that goal.

Please note the release of this statement is part of a continuing effort to partake in restorative justice practices, and this statement was informed by the students most affected by this harm.

Hundreds of people march to the Idaho State Capitol building every year on MLK day