Dr. Carlos Vargas

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In order to balance their Fiscal Year 2018 budget and cover known budget needs for FY 2019, Southeast Missouri State University will soon be cutting staff positions across campus.

 

Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas announced yesterday that 35-40 vacant and filled full-time staff positions, which make up 4% of the university’s workforce, will be eliminated. The first round of staff members being impacted will be notified Jan. 29 through Feb. 2 with a second round of notification meetings happening at the beginning of May.

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It’s been nearly a year since the racially charged student led protest at the University of Missouri, which led to the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe. As a result, universities across the country were left to figure out how to tackle conversations on racial issues. A year ago, I reported on how Southeast started the conversation long before the events at MU. Recently, I sat down Sonia Rucker, the coordinator of Institutional Equity and Diversity at Southeast.

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Students, faculty and staff are gathering on the steps of Kent Library to celebrate a historic moment in Southeast Missouri State University history. The music is loud and the spirits are high. SEMO students are decked out in shirts that feature the face of the now inaugurated university president Dr. Carlos Vargas. KRCU’s Collin Ritter captured the sounds of the festivities for this audio postcard.

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Protests by African-American students at the University of Missouri sparked a trend of student led protests pressuring universities into difficult conversations on race and diversity, while ultimately breaking the barrier of disconnect between the administration and the students.

 

However, this was nothing new for the students at Southeast Missouri State University who recently held their own protest in support of the students at MU. But this protest came with a twist. The president protested, too.