Students gather at Yale chapel for discussion on race

Students listen to speakers, songs, and poetry during the March of Resilience at Yale University Monday (WTNH / Report-It / Julian Ward)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Outside a chapel on Yale University’s campus, hundreds of students waited in line for a chance to be part of a discussion on race being called a “teach-in.” Media was not allowed inside.

“I have a lot of pride in my generation,” said Yale student, Elyse Galloway. “We’re very vocal, we love being involved, and we’re willing to take a stand for what we believe in.”

There have been many at Yale talking about the school’s race climate in the last two weeks, prompted in part after a fraternity on campus allegedly held a party for white girls only. Students say there is much more that they feel needs to be addressed, however, beyond the alleged fraternity incident, some have also complained there isn’t enough diversity among the faculty.

“I feel like that the recent issues on campus have highlighted a lot of latent racism that already exists in American society and American culture,” said Yale student, Molly Zeff.

Wednesday’s event is apart of a larger movement on campus. Last week, some took to the sidewalks to express their frustration with chalk and why Monday, hundreds marched through campus as part of participants are calling a “March of Resilience.” The momentum only appears to be growing, there were so many who came out to the event at the chapel, some had to be turned away.

“It just seems like since its a big problem on campus I should come out here and try to hear straight from the people leading the protest, why exactly they’re doing it,” said Matt Grahan.

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