Wichita State students try to find solutions in Ferguson dilemma

Wichita State Campus (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – College students across the nation continue to debate the situation in Ferguson. Today, it was Wichita State’s turn.

At a brown bag lunch, students discussed what’s needed to improve race relations in Wichita.

The violence in Ferguson elicited strong emotions from about two dozen students and community members at the Rhatigan Student Center.

The office of Diversity and Inclusion at WSU, along with the black student union sponsored the event in hopes of opening up a dialogue about improving race relations and stopping police brutality.

“Ferguson was the spinoff, the big thing that happened. But, what are we doing in our community to make it more safe?” asked Danielle Johnson from the office of Diversity and Inclusion. “What are we doing to make sure the police are being held accountable, and we’re being held accountable?”

The students agreed that an action plan must be created to stop the violence in their community.

“At least motivating and mobilizing our 200 plus student organizations on campus to be more consciences of things that are going on in the community and being aware of some of the different racially charged issues that are going on,” said Brandon Baltzell, vice president of the WSU student body.

Thursday night at 6 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held in the Shocker Hall courtyard for victims who’ve lost their lives to police brutality.

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