HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Quinnipiac student, Maya Mascall says when she saw a post in her Snapchat updates from another student, it offended her so much that she screen captured it and put it on her Facebook page.
It started an uproar that may also forge a path of change at Quinnipiac.
Local NAACP leader, Dori Dumas, said she wanted to meet with Quinnipiac officials about the incident. That meeting happened Wednesday night.
“We also wanted to be a part of the discussion and have input and we were very happy that Quinnipiac was very open to that,” said Dumas, the President of the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP. “They invited our help. They asked for our help and we’re going to work together with them to come up with a strategic plan around cultural competency, sensitivity, diversity and inclusiveness.”
Mascall says it all started Friday night. That’s when she met the student and became Snapchat friends. Mascall says a few days later, she spotted the student’s offensive Snapchat post in her updates.
“After the shock faded, then it was like anger and outrage like I can’t believe it is happening,” said Mascall.
Outraged, Mascall says she reposted the picture to social media which she says started that whole storm of controversy.
Within a day a statement went out to Quinnipiac’s students and faculty, stating the woman pictured had no idea that the photo and banner was posted to Snapchat and that the student who posted the offending picture is no longer at Quinnipiac. Students reacted to the swift consequences.
“It’s kind of like bittersweet because that’s her future,” said Jakwan Jones, a Quinnipiac student. “She just messed up but when you do something like that you should know there are consequences.”
“I feel like it sucks for her but they kind of had to from all the backlash,” said Brittany Johnson, another Quinnipiac student.
It may become a teaching moment with course changes in the works for students next year according to the President of the Greater New Haven NAACP who met with Quinnipiac officials.
“We want specific courses around diversity, around being sensitive, around cultural sensitivity, inclusiveness and so that needs to be developed,” said Dumas. “We are going to work with them.”
Minority students welcomed the changes that could be coming to Quinnipiac.
“I think it will bring Quinnipiac closer as a community between minorities and other races and I think it’s good for everyone,” said Chaise Daniels, a Quinnipiac student.
“To have it embedded in curriculum I think it will be really good for students,” said Ruth Onyirimba, another Quinnipiac student.