LOLADE OSHIN

Racial Justice is a huge priority for Emory. Lolade has led the charge in addressing real issues and having hard conversations and demanding results. She’s helping Campus Life lead the charge in becoming a culture that is moving from diversity to inclusion.

“I’m really interested in what this means for… Emory’s community body. I think real change and diversity inclusion can’t exist in a silo. It’s going to effect everybody.”

— Lolade Oshin 17C

Last fall, the Black Students of Emory presented a list of 13 demands for racial justice to the administration…

 

Campus Life helped to lead the university’s rapid response and communicate the commitment to substantive engagement with students. The resulting partnership produced a Racial Justice Retreat that brought together students, staff, faculty, and administrators to address each student demand. Underscoring its long-term commitment, the university established the Emory Commission on Racial and Social Justice, consisting of students, staff, faculty, and administrators charged with moving the process forward.

In addition, the university allocated unprecedented resources to the initiative. This support enables Campus Life to increase staffing and funding for its Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, Office of LGBT Life, and Center for Women – all under the newly established Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency (CASA2).

 

The ongoing partnership between Emory students and university administrators is an exercise in moving from demands to dialogue to action. It is a collaboration that enhances the campus culture for our entire university community as we continue along the path from accepting diversity to embracing inclusion.

50%
of all staff members are people of color
8%

increase in staff diversity over the past four years