Student leaders gathered to highlight Haskell’s dedication to cultural acceptance to Higher Learning Commission representatives.
by Charlie Perry @CharlieHPerry
Lawrence KS- The Haskell Student Senate executive board with other club leaders around campus came together to give a presentation to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) panel in the Navare Regent’s Room. Members of the HLC panel were treated to a video featuring a diverse array of student interviews who shared their stories and the positive impacts Haskell has had on their lives. Haskell Brave candidate Calvin Smith than played traditional flute songs as university student leaders entered with the flags of their nations in hand.
Students introduced themselves to the panel and shared what being a part of Haskell has done to impact their lives. “Haskell means strength, love, and unity. Not just with my friends but with everyone here. It’s the person I passed and didn’t talk to. The person I see sitting and crying, just to sit down with them and let them know that there is someone here for them on campus who is family. We may not be blood relatives but we are connected through the unity of this university,” said Ms. Haskell Aleesta Thorne. Students ended their presentation by collectively stating the Haskell mission statement to the HLC panel who responded with smiles and applause.
“As a leader here on campus it’s my role to ensure that the accreditation process goes smoothly. I feel like we all have a purpose to play to ensure that this process goes according to plan. If there’s even one small thing I can do whether it be smiling at them, or telling them about our ways, even doing a big presentation like we just did, I’m going to do it. I’m going to do whatever I can for Haskell,” said Thorne.
One of the HLC panel members applauded the sense of culture that Haskell offers, “I came from a historically black college in Saint Louis Missouri and one of the things I share with my teammates is the context of cultural acceptance. It’s really impressive and I’m hopeful that once this is all over there will still be a connection where I can bring some students and staff members here to check this all out.