- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - University of Kansas students and faculty have met to discuss the effects of campus racism, expressing frustration with school administration in Lawrence.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1OGYqhW ) reports the Wednesday forum drew more than 1,000 people to the student union’s auditorium, with more watching from an overflow room.

The forum was announced Monday following the racially charged strife at the University of Missouri.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little moderated the event, which lasted more than two hours, and listened as people voiced their experiences and concerns. The chancellor said the university had an obligation to encourage a dialogue about race.

“I am trying to get ideas from you and information about your experiences to think of ways to begin to address these issues in a more meaningful and effective way, because we are not doing the job,” Gray-Little said.

Shawn Alexander, a professor in African and African-American Studies, criticized the school for a lack of action and change.

“No disrespect, but I’ve been here for eight years and the things you keep telling us right now is window dressing,” Alexander said.

Several members of a group known as Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk took to the stage with signs and demanded action from the school, including hiring of a director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs by Dec. 15 and a concealed weapons ban. The group said it would not comment beyond its list of demands.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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