Last week the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) resigned its seat in Student Senate as an act of protest. Constanza Castro gave her seat up because of the lack of respect for hispanic students on campus, specifically coming from student senate.
“They don’t listen to us and it’s very frustrating because then they use you as the token to say, ‘we’re taking care of Hispanic students there’s not a problem,’ and so by us not being there they can’t say that anymore and they actually have to face that that’s not the reality,” Castro said.
Along with the resignation, HALO provided a list of six demands for Student Senate to meet before they fill the seat again. The list addresses several of HALO’s concerns including President Trump’s Executive Orders and treatment of undocumented students at KU. HALO’s president Judit Guillen hopes KU will work with them so they can fill the seat again.
“We gave them the demands and they’re not extreme demands that they’re not able to do,” Guillen said. “It would just take them time to communicate to us what they’re willing to do and how we can help them to reach that goal.”
HALO is prepared to leave the seat empty until they see action from Student Senate, whether that means the rest of this semester or even all of next year.