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Brazilian sunflower .. Doctor Phil is NOT my FORTE !! …item 1j.. Health, Wealth, Happiness …item 4.. FSU – Diversity and representation (2016) …
Johnson (Rashard Johnson, president of the Black Student Union) explains that there are always going to be what he calls a few, “spoiled apples out of the bunch that refuse to get in the loop of things,” as far as creating an inclusive space at Florida State.

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Paul Henry
If the decision point is slave ownership, then we can also add to the list George Washington

xzx >>> Paul Henry
Yep, the Washington Monument is next. The feminists already hate that one. :p

pmath
Good thing these students don’t attend University of Virginia. They’d have the entire university shut down. Ya know–the one Thomas Jefferson (slave owner) created. In fact, Jefferson and Eppes were relatives–Eppes was his grandson.

Bamanoles1
Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner, throw out the Constitution and all of his other important writings. Rename every Jefferson County. OMG, Jefferson City is even a state capital!!!!

Slavery was abhorrent and abolished for good reasons. However, nobody alive for a long time has been directly affected by it. It has a rightful place only in a historical perspective the same as many other tragic events that have shaped this nation. We all have good and bad experiences in our lives that make us who we are; which ones did you learn most from?

Bite me >>> Bamanoles1
LOL believe it or not its coming to that. The Constitution will have to be rewritten because it was originally written by slave owners. Its shameful the way people are bowing down and giving in to having statutes and flags removed. It won’t stop until the South is completely wiped off the map.

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Unfortunately, we can’t all be famous. Some of Florida State’s current students will go on to achieve greatness and become legendary for it, and others will go on to become more “ordinary” people. But the world needs managers, starving artists and seemingly boring parents as much if not more than it needs athletic greats and legendary actors.

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For nearly a month, the protestors occupied Gov. Scott’s office and surrounding area. Their goals: to bring an end to Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, the school-to-prison pipeline and institutionalized racism.

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…..item 2)…. FSU recognized as ‘Diversity Champion’ by Insight Into Diversity …

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Florida State University has been recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as one of seven Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation.

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“Diversity has long been a point of pride for Florida State University and is key to providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere where everyone can thrive,” said President John Thrasher. “Receiving this distinction is a testament to our efforts to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of campus life. We value a multicultural student body, faculty and staff and we know they enrich our academic environment.”

Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels.

“We are humbled by this honor, which is reflective of the collective efforts of our students, faculty, staff and administration,” said Renisha Gibbs, assistant vice president for Human Resources and chief of staff for the Division of Finance and Administration. “As we strive to take our diversity and inclusion efforts to even higher levels, continued acknowledgment indicates we are headed in the right direction.”

Gibbs added that the university community will continue to engage and challenge itself to be the very best that it can be.

“Our belief is that diversity is at the very core of our success in achieving that goal,” she said.

The institutions selected with Florida State in the Diversity Champion class of 2016 are Columbia University, Kennesaw State University, Pennsylvania State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Texas Tech University and the University of Central Florida. All were ranked in the top tier of the 92 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients of 2015. The HEED Award, which FSU received in 2014 and 2015, is presented annually by INSIGHT Into Diversity to recognize colleges and universities that are dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

“Florida State University is a visionary leader among campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “As a Diversity Champion school, Florida State exceeds everyday expectations, often eclipsing even its own goals, and develops successful strategies that serve as models of excellence for other higher education institutions.”

To learn about FSU’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and learning opportunities as well as its supplier diversity program, click here. To learn more about INSIGHT Into Diversity’s Diversity Champions, visit www.insightintodiversity.com/diversity-champions.

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education today and is known for its annual INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award that recognizes colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion in higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as explorations of best practices and profiles of exemplary programs. In its Career Center, readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at insightintodiversity.com.

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October 19, 2016

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Florida State University students took a vote to decide the fate of a statue on campus that is sparking a heated debate.

Florida state students engaging in heated discussions, "You guys dwell on the fact that he had slaves but he did all of these other good things for the university."

The issue, removal of the statue and hall name in honor of FSU’s founder, Francis Eppes.

One FSU student during voting day said, "It doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it, it’s like erasing history…you’re erasing history by getting rid of it."

Another yelled back, "It’s a statue!"

The first student replied, "But he is the history of FSU!"

Students for a Democratic Society wants to see Eppes, who was a slave owner, gone from the school out of respect for black students.

Students for a Democratic Society’s Regina Joseph said, "They’re not a part of a campus that so easily disregards their experiences and praises a slave owner."

Others, like Taylor Ney, say it’s an attempt to make an issue out of a non-issue. "While we deplore slavery, we deplore the institution of it. He created the seminary west of the Suwannee and is really the reason we have a Florida State University in Tallahassee."

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A statue bearing Eppes likeness was commissioned in 1999 and built in 2002, to act as a symbol of commemoration for Eppes. The plaque below it reads:

Francis Wayles Eppes

Grandson of Thomas Jefferson

Founder of Florida State University

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The final vote on Wednesday night recorded 71 percent of voters chose not to have the statue or renaming of the Hall.

Supporter of the removal, Kevin Jean-Pierre, said, "The fact that we lost this time doesn’t mean that the same referendum won’t happen in the future, because it definitely will."

An issue leaving them disappointed, but not defeated.

WCTV did reach out to President Thrasher’s office since ultimately it’s his and the Board of Trustees decision. President Thrasher’s office declined to comment on the issue.

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MaxKatt
Removing the statue will not change the fact that Eppes owned slaves. Maybe the offended ones could attend another school that would better serve them like Emory, Brown, Harvard, University of Virginia, Clemson, The Citadel, Stanford, University of Indiana or Yale among others. Just a thought.

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RogueAssassin
G@d damn. Can we stop this bullsh!t now? Ya’ll got everything you want? You going to sue the iron workers who built the chains? Ship builders? Go ahead, get it out of your systems cause it is really starting to get OLD…

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Paul Henry
If the decision point is slave ownership, then we can also add to the list George Washington:

www.mountvernon.org/geo…

"Despite having been an active slave holder for 56 years, George Washington struggled with the institution of slavery and spoke frequently of his desire to end the practice."

Using this flawed PC logic, then everything with Washington’s picture or name should be destroyed or renamed.

The federal government is doing a great job of destroying dollars, at least as far as the value goes. As to renaming, apparently there are over 200 towns in the US named Washington, plus one state. The federal government should form a $50 million committee with full authority to write a report!

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xzx >>> Paul Henry
Yep, the Washington Monument is next. The feminists already hate that one. :p

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pmath >>> Paul Henry
…and add these names to the list of former slave owners–Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Benjamin Harrison. In fact, 40 or so of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves at one time or another.

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willywonka
this is getting way out of control….you can not change history….study it, learn from it and move on….life is too short to live in the past

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pmath
Good thing these students don’t attend University of Virginia. They’d have the entire university shut down. Ya know–the one Thomas Jefferson (slave owner) created. In fact, Jefferson and Eppes were relatives–Eppes was his grandson.

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Vicious Fish
More baiting by the racists that run VV C T V. Trying to whip up a story where there is none. The people have spoken. That’s it .. The end.

If you don’t like the statue, you can always take your bl@ck a$ses over to FAMU and stay there…

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thesheepwillalwaysfollow >>> Vicious Fish
Sadly…this was probably started by some guilty whyte folks….

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Bamanoles1
Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner, throw out the Constitution and all of his other important writings. Rename every Jefferson County. OMG, Jefferson City is even a state capital!!!!

Slavery was abhorrent and abolished for good reasons. However, nobody alive for a long time has been directly affected by it. It has a rightful place only in a historical perspective the same as many other tragic events that have shaped this nation. We all have good and bad experiences in our lives that make us who we are; which ones did you learn most from?

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Bite me >>> Bamanoles1
LOL believe it or not its coming to that. The Constitution will have to be rewritten because it was originally written by slave owners. Its shameful the way people are bowing down and giving in to having statutes and flags removed. It won’t stop until the South is completely wiped off the map.

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xzx >>> Bite me
The South is not the target of these folks, OR the primary concern. Their target is the Bill of Rights

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Where_Are_The_Emperors_Clothes >>> Bite me
There will always be people around who have nothing better to do than look for something to b!tch about. A hundred years from now, there will be idiots demanding the removal of the MLK statue because he burned fossil fuels, ate meat, and consulted with some invisible spirit in the sky. 😃

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…..item 4)…. FSU — Diversity and representation – 2016 …

FSU News .. www.fsunews.com/ …

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The State of the University Series will examine a different issue or group of people every week throughout the fall semester. Though some of these topics stem from national or worldwide issues, they all impact the Florida State University community in one way or another. FSU has been nationally recognized as a "diversity champion," but some feel the recent vote over the Eppes statue proves otherwise.

— Brianna Milord, Senior Staff Writer

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Rashard Johnson, president of the Black Student Union, first heard about the statue through the student-led uproar of the referendum and did research on the issues regarding the Eppes landmark.

He explained that within the university, there is supposed to be an emphasis on the power and necessity of diversity, and while the student body and administration have done work to help that foster diversity, the resistance against removing a statue that affects a community within the larger collection of students poses a problem as to how this space affects different students.

Johnson explains that there are always going to be what he calls a few, “spoiled apples out of the bunch that refuse to get in the loop of things,” as far as creating an inclusive space at Florida State.

On October 19, an FSU student tweeted “Go pick cotton if you really want to help with reparations,” after students were voicing their frustrations after the Eppes Statue referendum result.

“I can say that there is a lot of ignorance and examples of people just not caring,” Johnson says. “I think that being educated is the root to fixing all of these problems. I truly do believe that we have a lot of support on campus but there is still ignorance as well.”

When calling into question whether or not Florida State has done enough for diversity and inclusion, Johnson believes that on the administrative level, influencers like Dr. Mary Coburn and Brandon Bowden, who serve as vice president of student affairs and assistant vice president for student affairs, respectfully, are aware and willing to work on fostering an environment where all students are provided the space and resources to excel at FSU.

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Rashard Johnson, President of Florida State University’s Black Student Union, on October 27th, 2016.
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“I believe that the diversity aspect of things that FSU preaches is true, because these people and organizations make that possible,” Johnson says.

For the past three years, FSU has received a national diversity and inclusion award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, as well as being named one of seven “Diversity Champion” universities that showcase an “unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels." At the same time, however, the most recent statistics available from the Office of Institutional Research showed the in fall of 2014, Florida State’s student population consisted of approximately 64 percent white, 16 percent Hispanic, 8 percent Black and 3 percent Asian students.

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We Need Diverse Books Campaign Video

Though more than half of schoolchildren are minorities–people of color, LGBTQIA, and/or people with disabilities–the fact remains that too few of these children see reflections of themselves in the books they read. Books are more than mirrors– they’re windows as well. The more kids read, the more they understand not just themselves, but the Story of Us All.

Matt de la Pena, Jacqueline Woodson, Grace Lin, Cindy Pon, Lamar Giles, Arthur Levine and John Green discuss why we need diverse books. Donate to our campaign at http://igg.me/at/diversebooks

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Unknown adult woman off camera: What’s your name?

Boy #1: Parker Ly.

Girl #1: I’m Charlotte Spencer.

Girl #2: I’m Abbie.

Boy #2: Pham.

Girl #3: Savannah.

Charlotte Spencer: I want to be a graphic designer when I grow up.

Pham: A children’s physician.

Abbie: I want to be a ballerina fashion designer.

Savannah: An artist.

Parker Ly: Happy.

Matt de la Peña: Hi, I’m Matt de la Peña and we need diverse books. I feel like I’m a living embodiment of why we need diverse books. Growing up I wasn’t a great student. I was what people call a reluctant reader. I felt like literature was a club that I didn’t belong to. Like anybody else who wasn’t good at one thing, I found other things to get involved with – for me it was sports.

I was pretty good at basketball in particular and because of basketball I became the first de la Peña to go to college. Once I was at my university, I was introduced to one specific book that changed everything for me – it’s called THE COLOR PURPLE, and it was the first time I had ever had an emotional reaction to a book; it almost moved me to tears. And from that point on I went in search of that feeling elsewhere, and I realized that books became my secret place to feel. From African American female authors I found Hispanic authors, and from that point on I felt like all I wanted to do was be a part of the world of literature.

It doesn’t matter if you’re African American, Asian, disabled, part of the LGBTQ community – we all need to see ourselves in books. Because if we don’t see ourselves in books, we may not feel as connected to the human experience – the story of all of us. At the same time, books are more than mirrors, they’re also windows. I’ve always believed that reading is the ultimate form of empathy. Yes, we’d love to find ourselves in books, and read about ourselves and our own experiences, but it’s also important to read about people who aren’t like us. It’s only then that we’ll have a full understanding of the world around us.

John Green: Hi my name’s John Green and we need diverse books. I think we need diverse books because we need to reflect the reality of our communities and that reality is a very diverse one. One of the magical things about reading to me is that it helps me to imagine the life outside of myself.

Grace Lin: These books give all readers a glimpse into a culture that they may not be familiar with.

Marie Lu: I was a huge reader when I was a kid, but I didn’t see a lot of myself in the books that I was reading.

Lamar Giles: I remember in my later teens running across a book called BLOOD BROTHERS by Steven Barnes. That was pretty much the time when I saw something that really made me feel like I was seeing a piece of myself in the work.

Tim Federle: I’m trying to think when I was a kid, what the most sort of diverse book was that I read and I’m having a hard time thinking of it, which is, I think in a way, what underscores the entire campaign.

Jacqueline Woodson: I didn’t know women, black women, could write books, and I didn’t know why I didn’t know this.

Cindy Pon: I don’t want my children to grow up like me – not having read anybody that, you know, looks like them.

Arthur Levine: When you read, you’re reading to discover the essential truths in life.

Marie Lu: Everybody should be able to go to a bookstore, or a library, and look at the shelves and be able to see themselves looking back.

Matt de la Peña: So now you know why our diverse books campaign is so important. If we can reach our campaign goal, this will just be the beginning of us putting diverse books into the hands of young readers. Giving children diverse books and getting them into reading in general will open up so many doors for them. And I know, because that’s what diverse books did for me.

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