Yale students open dialogue on race, gender issues

Yale University campus (file).


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A teach-in is taking place Wednesday night at the Afro-American Cultural Center on Yale’s campus, covering a wide-range of campus issues, with a focus on matters related to race and gender at the university.

After Monday’s massive protest on campus, Yale students are taking initiative to push the conversation about race forward. They’ve already gotten the attention of the University President Dr. Peter Salovey, who spoke to News 8 on Monday.

“This is a community where we want to listen to each other, hear each other, respect each other,” Salovey said.

Across the nation, minority students are seizing the moment, and making their grievances and demands heard. Also on Monday, both the University of Missouri president and chancellor, resigned from their positions after students held campus-wide protests. Most notably, threats made from the entire football team to boycott the next game forced the resignations, exuding unprecedented power from student-athletes.

“What a tremendous potential for change that you can see in those athletes who are generating millions for the university,” said Dr. Allen Sack, professor emeritus at University of New Haven, who specializes in business and sports management.

He said it’s good that student-athletes are joining others on campus to fight experiences of covert racism and sexism. But he hopes that the message stays focused, reasonable and rational.

“Things have gotten far better for race relations in U.S.,” Sack said. “But far to go for sensitivity that we should have for people of all colors.”

Back at Yale, the administration is also preaching a message of inclusion. In a statement released to students the university said in part “we cannot overstate the importance we put on our community’s diversity, and the need to increase it, support it, and respect it. We know we have work to do, for example in increasing diversity in the faculty…”

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