Tell W&L to listen to ALL Students

Tell W&L to listen to ALL Students

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Over the past several weeks, Washington & Lee University has engaged with our complicated history, and today the EC officially endorsed changing our name. However, while the EC "is the elected student representatives," they have failed to provide the entire student body with a platform to voice their opinion. We call on the administration to continue these conversations in the fall when students can assemble and express their views in person, to engage directly with one another at a safe social distance. This is not a petition in favor or against changing the name, but rather a statement of support to due diligence, a tangible evaluation of opinions and facts; not a decision based social media posts.

The process of taking input online is discriminatory towards students who have no means of getting online and those uncomfortable or intimidated to share their feelings digitally. If this movement truly centers on equality, then the EC will modify their support to withhold any permanent action until a real student body meeting can occur on campus in the fall. It singles out those without social media, those who have no internet, and those working to support themselves and their families. A decision to change the name of the school is one that should not be rushed into.

In his June 23rd email, President Dudley outlined concrete and tangible things the school has done to improve diversity and the steps taken by W&L to continue this positive trend in the future. The Commission on Institutional History and Community, which looked at the attitudes of students, faculty, and alumni, along with historical data, did not recommend changing the name of the University less than a year ago. If we genuinely care about improving W&L's diversity and inclusion, we will not rush into this decision, which leaves students barred from the process.

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