Yale students respond to Salovey’s proposed changes on campus

Yale University President Peter Salovey, November 9, 2015 (WTNH / Kevin Frederick)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Days after students from Next Yale called on University President Peter Salovey to make changes into racial issues on campus, he is making changes.

“I was really impressed with how he took all the demands and addressed them and even those demands that weren’t extremely realistic he still was able to address some of them and then bring the community together as a whole,” said Sharon Li.

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Next Yale’s demands asked for additional money to hire more people at the cultural centers on campus. Salovey says the university would double the program budgets starting in 2016 for the four cultural centers, saying that money will help undergraduate students.

Students say that overall they are happy with Salovey’s response.

“Increasing the budget for the cultural houses was an important move, and then also promising to increase diversity on faculty was also responding to one of the demands,” said one student who took part in the demonstrations.

“On top of that, he is also having all the faculty go through a teach-in educational training especially on race and things like that,” said Li.

“I think Yale has been progressive with what’s been going on; and Yale has done a great job in resolving all the issues students have right now,” said John Anthony Fraga.

Students demanded the removal of administrators Nicholas and Erika Christakis. Salovey says they will remain on campus, and says he fully supports them.

“As a whole I’m happy with what happened. Along the way, there are certain aspects that I don’t agree with on both sides, but the end outcome is a really good step just as a whole for the Yale community,” said Li.

During the demonstrations last week, Salovey said, “I was a student here myself for 5 years, and then I taught students for the next 30, and that’s why I’m here. I’m here first and foremost for students, and to create a environment that is most conducive to education and learning.”

“I overall think the action that he took was very reasonable, and I am very happy with it,” said Li.

Another student told News 8, “the President was obviously listening, and I think that’s what a lot of my friends wanted most of all.”

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