Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Former LHS Student Meets with Chancellor Glenn Boyce and Other Black Student Leaders


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Asia Eichelberger


Asia Eichelberger, graduate of LHS 2017, was one of the nine Black student leaders to meet with Chancellor Glenn Boyce of Ole Miss. These students met with Boyce on July 20, 2020 to discuss the future of minority representation and administrational transparency at the University of Mississippi. Their requests included representation on every university committee and the construction of a multicultural building on campus. They also asked that efforts be made to increase Black student recruitment and retention at the university. These leaders are interested in more than just removing a statute or names from buildings but want to see more Black teachers and staff hired and more scholarships made available for Black students.

Nickolas Crasta, leader of Black Student Union stated that Black students represent 13% of the university which is the same as the population of the United States; however, Mississippi is 37% Black. The original meeting was to be about Boyce glorifying the confederacy cemetery but they broadened the meeting topics after the university confirmed on July 17 that it will not install headstones or other memorials in the cemetery. They were also concerned that Boyce had a history of working at segregated academies and also that he recruited students predominately from white private school on a recruitment trip to Jackson. Chancellor Boyce has agreed to meet with these student leaders monthly to discuss their concerns and to establish a meaningful relationship.

Asia exhibited leadership skills throughout her Louisville High School days serving as president of her class, president of the Wildcat Cheerleaders and starting her own Ambitions Cheerleader business. Presently, Asia is the president of the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir; member of the Youth and College Chapter NAACP, member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC), and member of the Educated Successful Talented Evolving Empowered Motivated (ESTEEM). Asia stated that she is delighted to be on the leadership team representing Black students at the university. She is pursuing a BS Degree in Sports and Recreational Administration and will graduate May 2021. Asia is the daughter of Paul and Rita Eichelberger.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson