OU students set expectations for new VP of University Community

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NORMAN,Okla.-A former OU student and senator is now OU's Vice President for the University Community.

It's unclear what the vice-president's exact role will be, but we we do know he will have a large hand in diversity issues on campus.

OU Unheard is at it again, Tuesday night hosting a talk on race relations.

"Race needs to be talked about so we can fix what's damage with it," Ashleigh Jackson, a junior at OU said.

Damage, the new OU VP, Jabar Shumate, says he wants to mend.

"We're definitely going to be rooting for him as well as pressing him to make sure that he's doing everything that is expected of him," Boston Willamson, member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity said. They co-hosted the talk with OU Unheard.

Students say they expect Shumate will help change the culture on campus to make everyone feel inclusive.

"It's not perfect right now so we just need to work together and come together as a family. I think he's the perfect guy for that that," Keith Logan, an OU Unheard exec said.

They say support from people like Shumate is a long time coming.

"Get everyone aware what's going on because I feel like educating people is the first so they actually realize what's going on they realize they'll be able to understand and come together and communicate," Logan says.

Judging by the turnout Tuesday, it's clear the new VP has his work cut out for him

"I think that if he's taking the steps to do what is asked of him and I definitely think things will happen for us," Jackson says.

No matter what happens these students will not lose faith to bring change.

"If one person shows up and hopefully we can touch that person, if a thousand people show up but hopefully we can touch 50% if not more of them," Williamson said.

At a morning press conference, Shumate did say he would also focus on gender, cultural and sexual orientation differences.

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