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ACUI Appeals to Indiana Officials to Pass Hate Crimes Law

Indiana is home to the Central Office and is one of only five states without a hate crime law, despite versions being introduced in the Statehouse over the years. Republican Governor Eric Holcomb has said hate crime legislation is “not only the right thing to do; it’s long overdue.”

ACUI agrees and last week urged state legislators to craft a sensible hate crime law. In late February the Senate passed Bill 12 despite late amendments that removed protected classes from the legislation. Now that the bill is going to the House, ACUI leaders want to be sure the law extends hate crime protections to individuals based on specific characteristics.

According to a recent Report on the Uncivil, Hate, and Bias Incidents on Campus Survey, 77% of campuses experienced an uncivil, hate, or bias-motivated incident in the last 24 months, and the most serious hate crimes accounted for nearly one in five of such incidents. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that most hate crimes are motivated by race/ethnicity/ancestry, religion, or sexual orientation, and crime numbers are increasing. In addition, a significant number of offenses have occurred against individuals because of their gender identity, disability, or gender.

The original Senate bill sought to protect these classes and also included age. ACUI leaders called for these classes to be incorporated and passed as part of House Bill 1093.

“As we have seen with other discriminatory laws, it is important to be explicit with statutory protections at the local, state, and federal levels,” said ACUI Chief Executive Officer John Taylor and President Mike Coleman. “An ‘all means all’ approach ignores the fact that hate crimes are intentionally carried out against individuals because of otherwise protected characteristics.”

Taylor and Coleman expressed their concern that the stripped-down version of pending legislation now contains vague language that has been declared unconstitutional in other states. They wrote: “House Speaker Brian Bosma’s hope to get Indiana “off the list without a list” does not provide a middle ground; it fails to communicate Indiana as a safe place for marginalized communities. We urge you to revise the legislation and vote for an enforceable law that deters and seeks justice for hate-motivated crimes.”

ACUI will continue to monitor the bill as it moves through the legislature.

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2019 Strategic Plan

Strategic Guidepost: Research

ACUI will take a leading role in researching the impact of the college union on campus


We strive for ACUI to become the respected clearinghouse for college union and student activities research, which will assist practitioners in making informed decisions and help higher education leaders articulate the value and impact of the college union.

2019 ANNUAL PRIORITIES:
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships focused on research.
  • Determine how staff and component groups can best use and advance the research agenda, emphasizing the topic of inclusive communities.
  • Enhance existing and develop new structures for the Association to collect and disseminate research, especially research related to inclusive communities.
Strategic Guidepost: Data

ACUI will leverage data to enhance education and delivery of services


As more individuals expect a personalized, customized association experience, ACUI must leverage available data to inform its strategies and business decisions. We will use data intelligence to more effectively explore new markets, enhance services, recruit volunteers, define educational gaps, and create just-in-time content.

 

2019 ANNUAL PRIORITIES:
  • Determine opportunities to better personalize/customize the ACUI user experience.
  • Develop practices to make ACUI’s data gathering, analysis, and application more effective and efficient.
  • Determine how to better reach international markets amid data privacy concerns.
  • Collect and report data to better understand demographic representation.
Strategic Guidepost: Volunteer and Member Engagement

ACUI will increase the value of engagement for members and volunteers


Member and volunteer engagement are critical predictors of retention and satisfaction. We are committed to understanding members, better meeting their needs, and creating different types of engagement experiences.

 

2019 ANNUAL PRIORITIES:
  • Learn and document volunteer and member journeys through ACUI.
  • Deepen institutional commitment to ACUI.
  • Leverage structures for networking and professional development, to include communities of identity.
  • Investigate desired engagement experiences among individuals who do not hold ACUI majority identities.
  • Identify opportunities to improve equity in volunteer recruitment and selection processes.
Strategic Guidepost: Active Dialogue

ACUI will advance campus community through active dialogue


We seek, through education, tools, and resources, to position the college union to promote dialogue and understanding among people with different perspectives and to improve humanity through college students’ constructive discourse and interaction.

 

2019 ANNUAL PRIORITIES:
  • Define the value of active dialogue, in particular, about issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Define and understand the characteristics of a campus that supports active dialogue with an emphasis on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Curate existing resources and tools related to active dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion.