NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Students at Connecticut College in New London are calling for the resignation of the school’s president. This comes after the school’s dean of equity and inclusion resigned.
Rodmon King resigned on Tuesday after he had objected to the college’s plans to hold a fundraiser at the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Students say King spoke up against that location because of the club’s alleged history of racism, antisemitism, and sexual assault.
Students told News 8 that Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron was going to move forward with the fundraiser and wanted King to support that. Instead, he resigned in protest and now students are calling for radical changes.
“The students are calling on Katherine Bergeron to resign from her presidency,” said Shamar Rule, a Conn. College junior. “We would love to have a new president who is able to put our priorities as students in place.”
The event at the Everglades Club has since been canceled, and the president is meeting with students on Thursday and Friday by appointment.
Faculty directors from the college’s Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity said in a statement they were not surprised by the dean’s resignation but are “…angry about the College’s continued failure to live up to its stated goals of equity and full participation. At this point, we’d actually recommend that any official verbiage related to these goals be stricken, as very little over the past almost decade has suggested that this is true.”
The co-directors of the CCSRE, professors Cherise A. Harris and Jennifer Domino Rudolph, issued the statement.
News 8 reached out to Bergeron, who has not responded at this time.