Dozens of students participated in a campus-wide walkout Monday afternoon to protest university inaction on issues concerning minority students at USC. Organized by USC 2020 Vision, the students gathered at the foot of Longstreet Theatre at approximately 11:00 p.m., dressed in all black.
Students have sat down en mass on the steps of Longstreet Theatre. pic.twitter.com/dPEZOkrXnn— The Daily Gamecock (@thegamecock) November 16, 2015
Then, thirty minutes later, the protesters began to march. Led by fourth-year African American Studies student Karli Wells and third-year Biology student Clarie Randall, they walked silently and in pairs up Sumter street, across the Horseshoe, to the Osborne Administration Building. They held a sign proclaiming the university's motto: "Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel."
There, they were met by three university officials, USC Provost Joan Gabel, Chief Diversity Officer John Dozier, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dennis Pruitt.
Student leaders Karli Wells and Clarie Randall head the march, holding a sign stating the university motto. pic.twitter.com/NESu9vabXo— The Daily Gamecock (@thegamecock) November 16, 2015
Gabel welcomed the protesters, and invited them to speak. Then, one by one, representatives of USC 2020 Vision began to read their demands out loud, as the officials listened.
USC Administrators, including Dennis Pruitt, listen to the demands. pic.twitter.com/gizGSyxQs9— The Daily Gamecock (@thegamecock) November 16, 2015
According to Gabel, USC President Harris Pastides could not attend, as he is currently representing USC at the 2015 annual meeting of Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities in Indianapolis. Gabel said that a town hall hosted by Pastides was an option the university could "absolutely commit" to, and which would be held as soon as his schedule permitted.
The following conversation included lengthy discussion between students and administrators on how best to address minority issues on campus.
Aaron Greene: "why are we not opening this door" to African American students pic.twitter.com/d4hErUgAlm— The Daily Gamecock (@thegamecock) November 16, 2015
USC President Pastides, while absent, "hears you loud and clear." Invites a group of student leaders to talk inside. pic.twitter.com/AhFNnlj57F— The Daily Gamecock (@thegamecock) November 16, 2015
Correction: Karli Wells addresses the crowd, Chief Diversity Officer Dozier continues to speak with students pic.twitter.com/aOIWy8WwYA— The Daily Gamecock (@thegamecock) November 16, 2015
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