SGA discusses critical race theory legislation


Jake Jones, News reporter

Student Government Association met on Tuesday Nov. 30 to issue weekly reports and debate a recently proposed resolution regarding critical race theory.

The meeting began with quick opening statements from President Matthew Wininger congratulating the entire SGA body on a job well done throughout the semester and wishing everyone luck on finals. 

Executive Vice President Me’Lon Craighead announced her nomination for another restaurant group committee representative. She nominated Senator Nia Queen Douglas for this alternative committee position. The nomination of Senator Douglas passed with unanimous consent.

As dictated by the end of every month, senator of the month was voted on during this week’s SGA meeting. After a quick vote, SGA nominated Calleigh Powell as their senator of the month.

The debate on resolution 7.21f continued during this week’s meeting. The resolution seeks to condemn the banning of critical race theory teachings in post secondary education, which, according to the sponsors of the resolution, is possible due to an upcoming bill request in the Kentucky State Assembly. 

“Every story has a beginning and an end; we have the time and the chance to change things. To change our story. This starts with supporting these important lessons in our classrooms,” Senator Jesse Banales, bill sponsor, said. 

Olivia Blackmon, another sponsor of the resolution, said the bill ensures intellectual freedom. 

“The purpose of this [resolution] is to not cultivate politicization in the classroom, but to ensure intellectual freedom in our curriculum,” Blackmon said.

After several speeches of affirmation and negation on the resolution, the senate total vote on the passing of the resolution was 16 votes in favor, 15 votes against, and two abstentions. Thus, resolution 7.21f passed. 

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