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UCONN students demanding action after racially-charged incident on campus

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — Students at the University of Connecticut once again coming together in response to a racially-charged incident that occurred last week. They are holding a march against racism Monday on the Storrs campus.

This after, the students called on the university’s president, demanding action at a meeting Sunday.

Last week, a video surfaced on social media, allegedly showing three white students walking through campus parking lot shouting the n-word and laughing about it.

Related: Black students say they don’t feel safe at UConn after video shows 3 white students allegedly yelling N-word from dorm parking lot

Students tell News 8 that, ever since that video went viral, the university has yet to condemn the actions of those three men seen in the video.

Their disappointment was outlined in an open letter to the school’s administration last week.

Related: UCONN students of color issue blistering letter to university president over handling of racial slur incident

News 8 spoke to some students last week after the Office of Housing called a meeting about the video, where they allowed students to express themselves about how it made them feel.

At the time, many students of color said they didn’t feel safe on campus after seeing the video. Others were angered that the meeting wasn’t called by the university president.

Related: UConn students voice concerns about racism on campus after video outside student housing goes viral

Sunday, students took matters into their own hands with the hopes of getting a response from their university.

At a meeting, student Avolyn Neives told News 8, “We’d really like to see the university stand behind black students and say they don’t accept any form of racism on campus and that it won’t be tolerated, and that students that commit any race related biases or anything of that nature will really get the proper consequences.”

In a letter to the university, UConn President Thomas Katsouleas called the video “deplorable”.

Katsouleas added that the viral incident sparked a new nationwide search for a Chief Diversity Officer. The President says this new position will hopefully help push the university’s continued efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. 

Monday, the NAACP got involved and will be hosting a town hall event Monday night at the university.


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