These are demands that need to be met not a time for a photo op Amherst College. You repeatedly let your Black Students down. Let’s strive for change not reposting our walkout.
1. Reform the institutional wide policies re: extensions and class absences
a. Currently, "A faculty member may take such action as deemed appropriate in the event that a student disregards the announced regulations. Continued or unexplained absences should be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If students are absent because of illness or family emergencies, they are asked to notify the office of Student Affairs." Since it is under the faculty members’ digression there is no concrete model for absences and extensions. The college must officially acknowledge the CDC's stance of racism as a public health crisis and give staff wide notification that missing class due to mental health because of state violence is an "excused absence"
b. In flippant terms, students/faculty/and staff should be able to “call in Black”
2. Double the counseling center’s funding and the number of counselors by the next fiscal year
a. Williams currently has near double the number of mental health providers
3. Abolish ACPD
a. ACPD routinely states that it has been years, if not decades, since their weapons have been discharged. Yet, Black students sit in val, attend a BSU party, or merely walk around campus fearing, “might I be next”.