Syracuse University chancellor outlines anti-racism plans

January 14, 2020 GMT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has allocated $5.6 million toward addressing issues of diversity and inclusion in response to a series of racist incidents on campus last fall, Chancellor Kent Syverud said Monday as a new semester began.

In his annual winter address, Syverud said his administration has made more than 50 promises to students to improve the climate on campus. The pledges include hiring diverse faculty and establishing new space for student groups, especially those representing marginalized communities.

Racist incidents including hateful graffiti led to a sit-in and student protests last semester, with one group calling for Syverud and other administrators to resign. But the Syracuse Post-Standard reported there were no demonstrations Monday at the hall where Syverud welcomed students back to campus.


“I believe we have arrived at another key moment of challenge at Syracuse,” Syverud said, adding that campus strife will be eased by an aspiration to become “a world-class model of an academic powerhouse that truly embraces, welcomes and values all people.”

Syverud also said the university is in “a stronger financial position than it’s ever been,” having secured donations of $800 million toward a fundraising goal of $1.5 billion.