Student-run fraternal organization SAG-AFTRA announced Tuesday it would donate $2 million to a fund that will help end racial discrimination and discrimination against women in the fraternity.
The $2.5 million pledge will be used to fund scholarships, student-run initiatives, community outreach, and other projects aimed at eradicating systemic oppression in the fraternities and sororities that support the Black Student Union (BSU) at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The pledge will also support SAG’s work to end institutional racism at the institution.
The pledge comes as the university has been rocked by the death of 19-year-old Emily Lakdawalla, who was found dead in a fraternity apartment, and as a campus vigil has taken place in support of the students and their families.
The Black Student Association (BSA), a student-led organization that provides a space for black women to network, is the largest student-controlled organization in Missouri.
The BSA is one of four major student-driven organizations that SAG has supported since its founding in 2012.
According to SAG, the BSA’s mission is to create a space that encourages, supports, and supports black women’s leadership in higher education, business, law, politics, and the arts.
In the wake of the deaths of Lakdowals death and other high-profile incidents, the group has come under increasing scrutiny, with some calling for the BSAs members to be expelled or even fired from their organizations.
In response, SAG said in a statement that it was committed to supporting those who believe that the BSU and other student-based organizations are in need of support and support is an integral part of SAG.
“We’re proud of our members who continue to stand up for themselves and the students they serve and in doing so, they are standing up for the values of freedom, equality, and justice that are at the core of our mission and our values are also the values that we stand for,” SAG President Michael J. Cohen said in the statement.