Deb Pallozzi is in her 30th season as head coach of the Ithaca College softball team and the impact she’s made goes far beyond the field.
During the Fall 2015 semester, colleges and universities across the country were rocked by student protests addressing racial tensions on campuses. Ithaca College was also affected by these issues, and it is among many other institutions that are now trying to heal their communities while also facing losses in enrollment and retention.
Rankin & Associates, a third-party consulting company, presented to Ithaca College students, faculty and staff Feb. 2 regarding its plans to develop and carry out the survey.
Students protesting the racial climate at Ithaca College are not the only ones finding a collective voice with which to address institutionalized racism. In a tumultuous fall semester, at least 75 other colleges and universities have begun bringing their demands for change to their administrations.
Two large pieces of legislation — a Shared Governance bill and the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities — were passed at the Nov. 30 Student Government Association meeting.
Students at other colleges and universities are joining in solidarity with racial protests at the University of Missouri and Ithaca College.
POC at IC will host a “Solidarity Walkout” on Nov. 11 in response to the protests at the University of Missouri and continued racial injustice nationwide, according to a post on its Facebook page.
A string of race-related controversies at the University of Missouri mirror incidents that have been occurring at Ithaca College. At both institutions, student protest groups have spoken out against systemic racism and called for the resignation of their college’s presidents.