WOOSTER, Ohio – Following hours of intense and constructive dialogue with President Sarah Bolton and other members of the college’s administration, several hundred Wooster students ended their sit-in at Galpin Hall just before 10 p.m. tonight.
“We have had extremely productive conversations with the students about the concerns they raised,” Bolton said, “and we have committed to address them. We began developing the plans to do so today, and will share them with the community over the coming days, as they become more fully developed. Those plans will include more comprehensive educational efforts in the areas of cultural competency and sexual misconduct; more effective and easily accessible reporting and response mechanisms for all types of bias-related harm; and new resources for student groups engaged in work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“Let me say again how deeply I appreciate our students’ engagement with this work, and that of my colleagues across the administration. Everyone worked incredibly hard today to make this such a productive dialogue. It is so important that this college be a truly inclusive place, where a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff can live, work and thrive. I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming days about the plans we are making to move forward to become a stronger and more just community.”
The sit-in began just after noon today, after about 350 students walked out of their classes to express their concerns over a range of issues related to diversity and equity on campus.