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Two representatives from the SUNY administration are scheduled to meet with concerned SUNY Plattsburgh students Monday after a racist photo circulated social media this week, prompting protests and calls for some campus leaders to resign.
“Things have been stressful,” Student Association president Jessica Falace said. “I can’t imagine what it’s like for some other students who are really closely effected by this. I can say that we’re trying to do everything we can to keep the positive change moving forward.”
SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling notified students Saturday about the opportunity to speak with the representatives in an email addressed to the “campus community.”
Ettling said Carlos Medina,
vice chancellor and chief diversity officer, and Teresa Miller, chief of staff and senior vice chancellor for strategic initiatives,
would be on campus Monday for numerous small group sessions.
“As we move into further conversations, change and addressing deeper problems at more comprehensive levels, it is important for the entire campus community to do this together,
building bridges and acting from the heart,” he said in the email. “I care about each of you and will work to make sure each student is safe and valued. I ask you to join me in that effort.”
Falace said she believed the smaller sessions would help students better understand the broader SUNY system and see beyond the Plattsburgh campus specifically.
“At this point, we’ve been having so many conversations that people are ready for change,
” Falace said. “By going through the conversations, I’m hoping that we’ll reach change. I think some students will feel as though their voice has been heard in this smaller setting and in talking to some representatives who are higher up.”
Falace said she was working Sunday to match students who requested a seat in the sessions with Medina and Miller.
Students who requested a seat in one of Monday’s six scheduled sessions are set to be notified Sunday afternoon. The sessions are being capped at approximately 30 students.