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

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — University of Connecticut (UConn) housing leaders held a meeting Wednesday night to discuss racism on campus.

The meeting comes days after three white students were allegedly seen walking through the parking lot of Charter Oak Apartments shouting the N-word to black students inside of their rooms and then laughing about it.

Several black students told New 8 the video made them feel unsafe on campus.

“When I saw the video, I have to be honest, I was pretty numb,” said student Seyenah Lopez.

During the meeting, Lopez was able to school officials just how she felt.

“It’s just very upsetting to me that I’m a senior and this is the first time this is being addressed,” she said, “and the fact that it’s at Charter Oak Community Center and not at the student union … our president isn’t here. Police isn’t here; it just seems like their running around the same thing to me.”

The university hoped the meeting would address concerns and “promote an environment of productive dialogue.”

Most students feel that goal wasn’t accomplished.

“It’s 2019 and they can confirm that there’s not a specific protocol set in place to deal with these kinds of issues, and unfortunately, this is a predominantly white institution so for them to not have anything to do or say when it comes to issues like this is very concerning,” student Jalia West said.

While others feel the meeting wouldn’t have even happened if not for the viral video.

“I know that if this video did not go viral, this wouldn’t be taking place, and even with the video [is] going viral, there hasn’t been much done,” said West.

“I just hope that we can change the culture and that white people don’t get comfortable with these derogatory terms,” John Owens added.

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