Wayne Frederick, the president of the traditionally Black school in Washington, DC, stated Monday afternoon that the settlement between the college and the scholars who occupied Blackburn College Middle over poor housing issues is a “welcome step ahead.”
In a video message and letter posted on the college’s web site, Frederick stated, “even one situation in one in every of our dormitories is simply too many, and we are going to proceed to stay vigilant in our pledge to keep up protected and high-end housing.”
College students had been sleeping in tents and air mattresses on the college’s Blackburn Middle since Oct. 12 to protest what they are saying are poor dorm circumstances. The scholars reported mildew, flooding and roach and mice infestation within the buildings. They demanded that the college present a complete plan to repair the constructing points and be extra clear.
Jasmine Joof, spokeswoman for the #BlackburnTakeover, stated Monday that the settlement has successfully ended their protest.
“We now have achieved elevated scrutiny, transparency and accountability,” Joof instructed CNN.
Whereas not providing particulars on what the subsequent steps are, Frederick stated he’ll proceed to “work collaboratively” to construct a tradition the place the issues of everybody are heard. He stated he would share particulars “quickly on our concepts that may tackle issues and construct a tradition the place all are heard.”
“The well being and well-being of our college students is an important a part of my job as president,” he stated.
Scholar activists and civil rights leaders say the controversy is indicative of a widespread situation with crumbling buildings on century-old HBCU campuses which are typically underfunded in comparison with predominately White establishments.