SUNY Council Postpones Vote to Change Campus Building Names to Increase Inclusivity

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Petitions by SUNY New Paltz students to change the name of Hasbrouck Dining Hall in memory of alumni and employee Darold Thompson following his passing, brought about discussions of changing other building names because of their historical associations. Much of the campus is named in memory of the town’s original settlers, the Huguenots, most of which were slave owners. Students and faculty argue that immortalizing the Huguenots only celebrates their settlement and erases their wrongdoings, but changing building names to immortalize significant people of color will expand inclusivity and diversity.


SUNY New Paltz students and faculty petition to change campus building names from slave-owning Huguenot historical figures to significant people of color.

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