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Summary of Our Requests

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As we all learn more, our letters and responses only get stronger and clearer. By keeping up sustained pressure, we indicate that we are serious.

Our History

In June 2020, a group of like-minded alumni, students, and faculty began to advocate for the removal of Robert E. Lee from the name and brand of the university as a first step to improving the stated goals of diversity and inclusion at the University. Lee did not deserve the honor, he did not desire the honor, and, as one of the primary symbols of white supremacy, he is not representative of the University’s values and 21st-century initiatives.

Our Group

Not Unmindful is a group of alumni, students and faculty from a wide range of eras and backgrounds who are deeply concerned about the future of our beloved school and see its renaming as key to maintaining its elite educational standing and making structural changes there to improve the on-campus experience for all of its students.

Our Mission

This is a focal point for alumni who would like to see Washington & Lee change its name. First, we want the University to change its name, removing Lee and that millstone from around the University’s neck is only the beginning of the work we must do. We must support efforts to address systemic racism and to fortify a community of inclusion and diversity at the University.

A Summary of Our Requests

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What You Can Do


Join Us

The best way to stay informed is to get and contact with us so we can keep you up to date on all the happenings, and there is a lot going on right now as we are trying to grow this movement. Register for the forums and check there for initiatives or tactics that may suit your skill set.

Write a Letter & Write Again

Add your voice to the growing chorus demanding action. Contact President Dudley ( and the Board of Trustees ( directly with your concerns. Copy those you feel are relevant to include. Try to keep your letters succinct.
As we all learn more, our letters and responses only get stronger and clearer.

Leave Official Feedback

In President Dudley’s and the Board of Trustees’ recent e-mails to the community, both provided a link or email address to gather feedback on issues like the name change. When the University asks us for our thoughts, oblige them. This is a cause advanced by persistent, thoughtful and forthright contact.

Talk to Your Friends

Suss them out. Some alumni are totally against ta name change to be sure. But your alumni friends will surprise you. Be honest. Be open. Have your facts straight (and there are lots of resources for that). Mostly, be prepared to listen. Don’t harangue. Sometimes you’re just going to have to agree to disagree, but if you find them receptive, please send them here. The more people that know, the harder we are to ignore.

Read & Sign Our Letter

There is power in numbers. By keeping up sustained pressure, we continue to indicate that we are serious. Take time to read our letter to the Board of Trustees (executive summary here), and if you are comfortable with, add your name to it. This is the clearest signal that we are boldly looking to the future as a group with diverse opinions, but one goal: the future sustainability of the University.  

Stay Involved

Be sure to join the Not Unmindful forums and share your experiences, your thoughts, and your vision for a university that really is mindful of the future. Fill out the latest survey sent by the Board of Trustees on September 15, 2020,  related to the name change.
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