Related Scholar Authorities (ASG) hosted a post-discussion with President Kevin O’Brien, S.J. on Jan. 14 the place college students requested him questions concerning the outcomes of the Campus Security Providers (CSS) audit.
ASG President Ciara Moezidis moderated the dialogue and requested questions for the scholars who wished to stay nameless.
Senior Senator Sam Castillo talked about that the audit doesn’t totally describe any efforts to be extra actively inclusive in direction of folks of shade. Castillo requested when and the way CSS will likely be held extra accountable to embody values of variety and inclusion so that folks of shade on campus really feel protected and cared for.
“One in all my deep commitments as a President and as a Jesuit priest frankly is to verify our college students have a protected sense of belonging right here and security right here,” O’Brien stated. “We may assess complaints, and we may put up constructions and…take heed to our college students to say ‘so what does belonging appear to be?’”
Santa Clara Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Emma Fontana introduced up that many individuals are apprehensive to name Emergency Medical Providers (EMS) since they’re linked so carefully to CSS. She requested what the function of CSS will likely be shifting ahead with the intention to assist folks really feel protected sufficient to obtain medical consideration on campus.
O’Brien stated that there isn’t any clear reply to this query in the mean time, however he welcomed the suggestions and stated that they’ll comply with up with EMS on this example. He careworn that they’ve to make sure that college students get the assistance they want and if they aren’t, then they want to consider one other method.
One other scholar anonymously requested how CSS could be redesigned with out totally eradicating it.
“We wish to be proactive, not reactive, we wish to…ensure we have now an atmosphere during which [campus safety is] invested in scholar’s success and scholar’s studying and that they’re actual companions in that,” O’Brien stated.
Moezidis voiced a number of the issues and conversations college students are having concerning CSS and the audit.
“You possibly can change the outfits or the uniforms and you may change the symbols on the Powerpoints, however in the end these are the identical folks it doesn’t matter what they’re carrying and what they’re presenting,” Moezidis stated. “So, with the intention to give campus security a facelift in a method, we actually want to have a look at who’re the folks within the uniforms and if they’re clearly not altering and the way they reacted to a variety of the audit questions and does that imply we genuinely have a whole new workers coming in.”
O’Brien closed his dialogue by making a last level concerning his targets on the matter.
“What I wish to transfer in direction of is the best way we’re continuing at Santa Clara is outlined by restorative justice,” O’Brien stated. “That could be a precept within the Catholic custom and the Secular custom, which appears at methods of relating on a deeper degree the place we contemplate how we relate to at least one one other in a restorative method.”