BURLINGTON, Vt. - Hundreds of students marched across the University of Vermont campus Monday, speaking out against what they say is racial injustice faced by students of color.
Student demonstrators are demanding action from UVM President Tom Sullivan.
Sullivan was not in his office at the time, so students sat outside until school officials spoke with them. Some of the things they want changed at the school include mandating diversity training. They also want the George Perkins building to be renamed.
Students asked for a response from the school by 9:00 Tuesday morning. University officials say they will be reviewing the concerns students have shared.
Here is President Tom Sullivan's response in full:
"Today, I received a list of concerns from a group of students engaged in issues around racial equality and social justice. There is much on which we agree. The University of Vermont strives to be a safe, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment in which all members of our community can thrive. Racial and social justice are foundational values of UVM. We will be reviewing the information that has been shared, and we are creating immediate opportunities for further engagement and dialogue. To that end, I have invited a group of student representatives to meet with me in the next two days, joined by several other key UVM administrative leaders. Our goal is to reach an understanding of the concerns received today, as well as identifying a path forward that assures progress. We will continue to listen to, and work closely with, members of the University community to evolve and improve racial equality and our extensive diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives."
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