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UConn president meets with community for discussion on 2 students yelling racial slurs

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(WTNH) — UConn’s president met with students and members of the community on Friday in regards to the viral video of two students yelling a racial slur.

Students who met with the university president at UConn’s African American Cultural Center say the meeting was productive, but do they believe it will lead to change? Well some aren’t so sure about that but they are certainly happy to see this effort.

The president says the meeting was part of his Friday morning open office hours where he talks to many different groups around the university. He had three messages for the students.

First he wanted to apologize for not reaching out sooner when they were hurting and also wanted to apologize on behalf of the university for the experiences they have had and which they talked about at Monday’s march.

And finally he wanted them to know he is committed to work with them to ensure a learning environment that’s welcoming and respectful.

“We share the belief that they have a right to learn in an environment that’s welcoming and respectful,” said Thomas C. Katsouleas, UConn President.

“I think he did a really good job of answering even the hard questions,” said Josie Hamilton, UConn sophomore.

The president also said that the university is in the processing of hiring a permanent diversity officer. The last one retired and right now there is a temporary one in place.

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