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BREAKING: UVM board of trustees update policy to encourage diversity among members

Pictured above are the 25 members of the board of trustees in alphabetical order by last name. The photos of the 19 men on the board are converted to grayscale, leaving only the six women – 24% of the board – in color.

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 31, 2020

The UVM board of trustees has approved a new rule that would further prioritize diversity among future board members, according to a Jan. 31 UVM press release. In November 2019, the Vermont Cynic reported that the board of trustees lacks female representation, despite the University having a majority fema...

“Me Too” movement founder visits campus for diversity symposium

Maeve Gurnis, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

Faculty, staff and students filled UVM’s Grand Maple Ballroom, eager to listen to Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement.   Burke delivered the keynote speech for Blackboard Jungle 12, UVM’s 12th annual symposium designed to build understanding of diversity and inclusivity March 21....

The Oscars: more diverse, but lacks serious intention

The Oscars: more diverse, but lacks serious intention

Kim Henry, Senior Staff Writer

February 23, 2019

The Oscars have been in hot water for years. The awards show was surrounded by controversies like #OscarsSoWhite and their record low ratings last year, according to a March 2018 Vanity Fair article.  This year’s Oscars is without a host for the first time, and many catagories will be cut from the broa...

Variation is value is CAS

Variation is value is CAS

Staff Editorial

January 30, 2019

Not all degrees are created equal. In October 2018, CAS changed degree requirements for all majors, dropping required credit hours to 30 while increasing the maximum amount of credits students can take from 18 to 19. According to English Department Chair Dan Fogel this change lets students take el...

University to Conduct Climate Survey

Paul Yoon, senior advisor for diversity assessment and research.

Lindsay Freed and Rachel Halpern

October 1, 2018

For the first time since 2011, UVM will be surveying students, faculty and staff about the social climate on campus. The campus climate survey is a survey of all students, faculty and staff at the University asking how they perceive the social environment at UVM, said Paul Yoon, senior advisor for...

Theatre students reflect on diversity

Theatre students and faculty discuss diversity Feb. 25

Carolyne Sandoval, Staff Writer

March 8, 2018

Amongst the whirlwind of costume fittings and script readings, the UVM theatre department is  re-evaluating itself. With 84 majors and minors and 13 faculty and staff members, the department is a tight-knit group, Gregory Ramos, chair of the theater department, said. “We are a predominantly w...

Continuing the conversation about UVM’s diversity & inclusivity

Letter to the Editor

December 9, 2017

In the past year, Wes Richter has used “racist and threatening language,” according to an Oct. 5 Seven Days article, and J. T. Reichhelm stole the Black Lives Matter flag, according to a Sept. 29 VTDigger article. These were racist acts. Their implicit message was: UVM is not a school for black p...

Debut authors discuss writing and race in on-campus talk

Addie Beach, Senior Staff Writer

November 17, 2017

The weather outside may have been chilly, but last Wednesday the Sugar Maple Ballroom was filled with warm tea, comfy chairs and spirited conversation. Authors Lisa Ko and Kaitlyn Greenidge visited campus Nov. 8 to discuss their debut novels, “The Leavers” and “We Love You, Charlie Freeman”...

Support your fellow UVM student leaders

Support your fellow UVM student leaders

Staff Editorial

October 4, 2017

The past two weeks on campus have been filled with protests, marches, rallies and emails about diversity and inclusion at UVM. Student leaders of various diversity organizations on campus delivered a list of demands to president Tom Sullivan asking for the University to take specific action ...

Don’t let rhetoric divide us further

Don't let rhetoric divide us further

Staff Editorial

March 22, 2017

This week, Vermont and the UVM community saw the first community-altering event of Trump’s federal immigration policy. Friends and community members stand in jail cells, while their friends, some of whom are UVM students, worry about them. They have committed no violent crimes and they w...

UVM diversity training tackles Midwestern mentality

UVM diversity training tackles Midwestern mentality

December 8, 2016

On Sunday, the University held its first annual diversity training specifically focused on white, midwestern American cultural differences by bringing a team of 10 professional traveling lecturers. Training took place in the Davis Center Grand Maple Ballroom, Billings Library and several small...

Cynic receives top award

Cynic receives top award

Brandon Arcari

October 26, 2016

The Vermont Cynic has won first place nationally for coverage of UVM’s racial history. The Associated Collegiate Press awarded the Cynic first place for Diversity Story of the Year for their story “Kake Walk: Alumni, faculty and students reflect on 73-year tradition,” which was published in F...

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