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We Disagree with the Board, but…

The Board of Trustees has decided wrongly in our opinion. We feel that this is just kicking the can down the road. The name will have to change sooner than they think, or the University will wither.

…We Had Significant Wins

We still won one three out of four of our requests. Most importantly, for symbolism, Lee will be excised from the University chapel, and portraits will no longer appear on diplomas.

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Some Facts about Lee and the University

The Board Copped Out

Now What?

1.

Emphasize Our Wins

The name was only the most visible battle

We won all the down ticket requests. Lee remains only in the name. First, his portrait will no longer appear on any diploma. Second, Lee Chapel will be now be University Chapel.

Most importantly, the Board committed to all the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality efforts outlined in the strategic plan, which is more important in the long run than the name. This one is huge folks.

Space Mountain has been removed from Confederate Disneyland.

2.

Continue to Support the Students

They didn’t choose this

But they have to live with it in the real world, and they were some of the fiercest and most fearless advocates for change amongst us.

We must stay connected to their needs and concerns, providing help and support in any way that makes sense. They are simply looking for the best education that they can get with sometimes limited resources.

Listen to them and their concerns. They will often know developments before we do.

3.

Keep the Board Honest

Hold them to their words

While the justification of their decision used mental gymnastics that would impress Simone Biles, it also included a lot of what asked: 1. Committing to a more diverse board, 2. aligning to their own strategic diversity, equality, and inclusion goals, and 3. accelerating these things across the board.

We must commit to supporting these initiatives because they will have just as much impact on positive student experiences in the long run.

4.

Push the Board for Details

What exactly does the University stand for?

If, the name Lee does not define the University, what does the University stand for. What is its vision, what is its promise,.

If the University doesn’t provide some guidance, the market will continue to speak and the worst lots of our society will continue to attach themselves to what still remains as the largest Confederate memorial in the United States.

We must hold them their feet to the fire on this.

5.

Continue to Educate People

Swell our ranks

Not Unmindful commits to continue our work, so this site will live on as the base of a platform for collective action. We truly believe that those that were undecided during this very public process can still be convinced to join us in holding to the board accountable.

Thus, we will continue to recruit interested parties. We commit to bringing them into the fold. We are a pretty welcoming and diverse lot after all!

6.

Keep the Pressure On

We aren’t going away

In the lead up to the decision, we consciously decided to be polite and abide by their rules. This site’s purpose was to highlight our position as a credible one arrived at with love and concern for the University at its heart.

The last year has shown us the wisdom, and the folly, of this approach. The gloves are now off. We are doing playing by their rules. We are done playing nice!

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