Columbia, MO (KTRS) Two graduate student organizations at the University of Missouri are calling for walkouts in solidarity with protesters who want the system president to resign.
The Steering Committee of the Forum on Graduate Rights and the Coalition of Graduate Workers called Sunday for the actions. The organizations say walkouts by student workers on Monday and Tuesday will send a message of support for protesters seeking the removal of System President Tim Wolfe.
The group Concerned Student 1950 and black members of the football team are calling for Wolfe to step down over the way he has handled matters of race and discrimination at the flagship school of the four-campus system. One black graduate student is on a hunger strike. That student, Jonathan Butler, has also cited the removal of graduate student health care subsidies as a concern.
Wolfe has given no indication he intends to leave the position, but he issued a statement Sunday saying that “change is needed.”
The graduate committee criticized Wolfe’s statement, saying he and the administration are doubling down on “business as usual.”
Meanwhile, The University of Missouri Board of Curators is holding an executive session on Monday.