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Student Equity

Welcome Back Broncos!!

We are so excited to be back with you this fall and look forward to continuing to serve you through our efforts in the Student Equity Center. As the world is changing, we are changing too. We are working behind the scenes to evolve our operation and structure to best serve you and will be announcing some structural changes soon. We are doing our best to minimize risk and exposure to COVID-19 by incorporating the following changes for the fall semester of 2020.

1) We are mitigating staff exposure/risk by limiting our staff availability hours to between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. One staff member will be physically present in the Student Equity Center during office hours. Other staff will be available remotely. Although some staff may not be here physically, all of us are available during the 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. hours Monday – Friday. You may contact us via the following to learn of our regularly available office hours or to schedule time with any of us.

Francisco Salinas, Assistant to the Vice President for Equity Initiatives: franciscosalinas@boisestate.edu (208) 426-1411
Ro Parker, Senior Coordinator for Student Equity: rparker1@boisestate.edu (208) 426-4317
Sarah Keeton, Student Success Coordinator, sarahkeeton@boisestate.edu (208) 426-1449
Evangeline Beaver, Administrative Assistant, evangelinebeaver@boisestate.edu (208) 426-4921

2) All of our events and programs will be offered remotely during the fall semester of 2020. Please follow our web pages and social media pages at the addresses below to remain informed.

boisestate.edu/sdi
boisestate.edu/mss
www.facebook.com/mss.boisestate
www.facebook.com/BSUMLK

3) The Student Equity Center will be open during the week, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, but we will limit activity inside the space. Face to face meetings with staff are limited to 15 minutes and no more than two students may occupy the center at any one time. While in the center you must wear your facial covering and adhere to campus wide physical distancing policy. There are cleaning materials readily available for your use, please clean any surface that you come into contact with when you are done.

Remember Broncos, We’ve Got This Covered!

If you have any questions about the nature of our operations, please feel free to contact us at (208) 426-5950 or you may email the Assistant to the Vice President for Equity Initiatives at franciscosalinas@boisestate.edu

Thank you!

Acknowledgement of Harm

The office of Student Equity is a collection of resources that includes 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 Equity 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.

What we do

Broncos come from all walks of life and Student Equity is here to help make sure every Bronco feels welcome, supported and celebrated.  Learn how we can connect you with the rich diversity that makes up the Boise State community.

  • Start the year off by celebrating the history of the diverse student voices at Diversity Day Defined, a Bronco Welcome tradition.
  • Explore different types of oppression by walking through the Tunnel of Oppression, a multimedia experience produced by Boise State students.
  • Help plan and implement the annual campus and community celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
  • Experience the color and sounds of Native American culture at the Seven Arrows Powwow hosted each spring.
  • Study, meet new people, or just hang out in the Student Equity Center lounge, where all backgrounds are celebrated.
  • Join one of the student organizations that include an emphasis on ethnic identity.
  • Create a brand new student organization or plan an event that celebrates your beliefs.

The world is both bigger and smaller than you can imagine. Find your place in it at the Student Equity Center.