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UWEC hears from students on proposed task force plan

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - UW-Eau Claire is one step closer to creating a more inclusive campus after students on Monday gave their opinions on the recently announced task force plan.

The Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity (EDI) Rapid Action Task Force was formed out of two racist incidents on campus last fall.

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Last Wednesday, the task force came forward with its final recommendations to the university on how to create a more diverse and welcoming campus culture.

Monday, a public forum took place with task force leaders, university officials and students coming together to discuss what still needs to be added to the final plan.

One student said adding more proactive, rather than reactive, steps will help with school recruiting and retention going forward. However, she said the current plan is a big step toward a better campus environment.

"It definitely pointed out problems that we do have on campus," said Sophia Spittlemeister, a junior at UWEC. "Campus is not perfect, I love campus, but it's not perfect. That's the beauty of it so that we can continue to improve it. So, just pointing out where these things are wrong, especially because this hasn't been done in the past; I think this is a great head-start for our campus in general."

The university also held a second forum later in the afternoon on Monday to hear input from staff and faculty members.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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