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Two weeks after Fort French, representatives of the campus’s “Third World” groups (a phrase used for various minority organizations) met and issued a set of eleven additional demands to President Terrell. Via a multiple-page letter, the demands were rejected a few days later, and the student groups called for a campus-wide student strike on May 24th. While issues related to the Vietnam War prompted the occupation of French Ad, race was the focal point of the Student Strike.

Prior to the WSU Student Strike, Third World campus groups often in partnership with Black Student Unions successfully advocated for the formation of ethnic studies programs at other American universities. The first such strike held at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 1968 was led by the Third World Liberation Front and SFSU's Black Student Union. That strike lasted for 5 months and resulted in committments by SFSU that helped promote greater diversity in its curriculum and faculty.

Racism Workshop poster

Racism Workshop poster

In Fall of 1970 and again in Spring of 1971, the university halted classes for two days, instead hosting Racism Workshops in Bohler Gym. A committee representing students and faculty of all ethnicities put together programs of speakers exploring racism. The fall workshops were very well attended and well reviewed; the spring workshops drew only a very minimal attendance. In the succeeding months, the follow-through on the eleven demands resulted in new classes and programs in minority studies, a focus on hiring minority faculty and staff and recruiting minority students, and a generally increased awareness of minority issues.