Castleton 1st university in Vermont to have NAACP chapter

June 25, 2021 GMT

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s Castleton University is the first college or university in the state to start its own chapter of the NAACP.

WCAX-TV reports the Rutland-area NAACP says the chapter at Castleton received its recognition from the national NAACP earlier this month.

The three founding members, Nadia Cox, Ray Awusi and Tajae Edwards, say they hope the chapter will help the school attract more students of color, as well as create a safe space for all students regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or religion.

The three say they created the organization in response to a racist email that was sent to the student body after the school decided to raise the Black Lives Matter flag on campus last fall. There have also been incidents in the classrooms that have made Black students feel uncomfortable, they say.


“We’re having people from different places and ethnicities and religions coming up to Vermont and we need that here at Castleton, as well,” said Cox, the vice president. “And we can just form a unity and just understand each other’s differences.”

The Castleton NAACP chapter currently has 33 members. They hope to have 50 members by the start of the fall semester.