Hundreds of Baylor University students gathered on Monday, May 1, to call for more diverse and inclusive policies on campus after the university’s Kappa Sigma fraternity threw a “Mexican” themed party over the weekend
The protesting students are demanding sanctions against the fraternity, a formal apology, mandatory cultural competency education for students and faculty, recruitment of more diverse faculty and staff, and a bilingual staff in student financial aid and assistance. Furthermore, they say they want their message to reach the Baylor Board of Regents and campus administrators.
While Baylor University officials say the school is investigating the incident, the national fraternity said it “has suspended the operations of the chapter, while we conduct an investigation in cooperation with the university.”
“The allegations are inconsistent with the values of Kappa Sigma and, upon the completion of the investigation, the fraternity will address the findings in an appropriate manner,” the statement said.
According to those who attended the party, dubbed ‘Cinco De Drinko,’ students were dressed in ponchos, sombreros, construction outfits, and maid’s uniforms.
Kevin Jackson, the Vice President of Baylor University, released the following statement on the issue:
“The University has been made aware of a racially insensitive event that occurred last night off campus. The reported behavior is deeply concerning and does not in any way reflect Baylor’s institutional values. University officials are presently investigating the incident and gathering additional information. Baylor is committed to a Christian mission that actively supports a caring and diverse campus community, and we do not tolerate racism of any kind on our campus. When any incident that does not align with our faith and mission is brought to our attention, it is thoroughly investigated by the University, and appropriate action is taken. Baylor is wholeheartedly steadfast in our commitment to our mission and to enriching the racial and ethnic fabric of our University. We accomplish this by celebrating and strengthening inclusiveness, understanding, and acceptance of all members of the Baylor family regardless of race or ethnicity.”
Baylor University placed Kappa Sigma on a temporary suspension pending the completion of a formal investigation.