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Campus Meeting Held to Discuss Racism at University of Richmond

Richmond sign.
A campus-wide community meeting was held last night about racist graffiti found. (Photo: Ian Stewart/VPM News)

A campus community meeting took place last night at the University of Richmond to address racist messages recently graffitied in dorms. According to a statement by University President Ronald Crutcher, the event was organized so students could speak up about race issues. 

Media wasn’t allowed to attend, but VPM’s Ian Stewart spoke with students after the event.

On his way out of the community meeting, Freshman Doug Gulford said he can relate to many of those who spoke out -- about what it feels like -- to be a person of color on majority white campus.  

“So I really resonated with the fact that we do feel like outsiders in certain situations. And it’s just sad to say, that I’m used it,” Gulford said.

International student Hijab Fatima organized a rally at the University of Richmond two days after the racist messages were reported and helped put together last night’s meeting. Fatima thought the event was a success. She said, “I think that’s the first time that all of us were in a room together and it felt like a community.”

Fatima says at least three hundred students showed up and that the event was live streamed for others on campus.

Ian M. Stewart previously was the transportation reporter and fill-in anchor for VPM News.
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