“The university is committed to an ongoing dialogue”
Students at this school have been protesting a lack of diversity and ended up occupying a campus space. Now the school is caving to them.
Inside Higher Ed reports:
10-Day Sit-In at Seton Hall
Friday marked the end of a 10-day sit-in at Seton Hall University. A group of students called the Concerned 44 had occupied Presidents Hall, where the university’s administrative offices are housed, and vowed to stay until university officials adequately respond to their demands to address what they considered institutional racism.
Mary Meehan, interim president at the university, sent a message to students, faculty and staff on Friday announcing the end of the sit-in.
“The university is committed to an ongoing dialogue,” the email read. “Going forward, university leadership will meet with representatives of Concerned 44 to clearly define the plan moving forward to create a more inclusive community at Seton Hall.”
Briana Peterson, a sophomore psychology major and one of the organizing members of the Concerned 44, said the sit-in was put on pause during negotiations between students and university officials but that the group will “continue demonstrations if need be.”
Tensions on the New Jersey campus continued to rise through the duration of the protest, leading to multiple additional protests, a series of meetings between students and administrators, a scuffle between a student and a professor, and the relocation of the president’s and provost’s offices.
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