Wesleyan President Michael Roth has responded to demands by students of color at Wesleyan for more inclusion and equity on campus.
The response, printed in full below, was sent in an email to students and subsequently published on student alternative newsblog, Wesleying.
In an updated post, on their website, isthiswhy.com students of color rejected Roths response, which he delivered, as demanded, within 48 hours of the first demand. In their rejection, they state: "President Roth's response proved him incapable of addressing exactly how the university has neglected each marginalized community on campus both in the past and in the present, and in doing so, he failed to produce a detailed action plan committing to the demands set forth..."
The group also threatened "further action."
Discussions of the original demands and Roth's reply has been a hot topic on faculty email forums with professors challenging one another over the demands, and the action Wesleyan should take. One facebook post challenges a professor who has raised the issue of "reverse racism."
Below is the response delivered to students by Michael Roth: