UNH students engage administration in a conversation on racial discrimination
DURHAM — University of New Hampshire faculty, staff and students gathered together to have a conversation about recent racial discrimination on campus.
During some of their opening statements, students pointed out that there have been increased racial tensions since the presidential election. Some of these incidents have come to light within the last few weeks in light of Cinco De Mayo celebrations.
On Thursday, the university released a statement in response to the incidents saying, "We condemn the disrespectful language and behavior exhibited on campus around the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Here at UNH and on campuses across the country, there has been a disturbing increase in incidents involving uncivil, even hateful, behavior. We condemn all such acts – they have no place at UNH."
"What I know about the incidents, I find deeply, deeply troubling," President Mark Huddleston said.
The student organization, Black Student Union, presented a list of 16 demands to the universities administration. Included in the demands were a mandatory, 4-credit, inter-sectional social justice class, double the number of colored faculty and staff by the end of the 2017-18 school year, the immediate removal of students Courtney Lamer, Andrew Miller and Haley Flynn, and the immediate canceling of the end of the year barbecue that falls on Cinco de Mayo.
During the event, students chanted "the eight percent speak" over and over again before allowing the administration to respond to the list of demands.
Throughout his responses to the students, Huddleston keyed in on the the fact that the administration and students are partners and need to work together to come to solutions.
"When I hear President Huddleston talking about partnership, I hope we all pick up our shoulders and partner," Professor Reginald A. Wilburn said. "It is not just one person."