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Yale says its making changes following racially charged incidents

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Yale students rallied after recent racial incidents.  (WFSB file photo) Yale students rallied after recent racial incidents. (WFSB file photo)

After weeks of frustration among students following a series of racially charged incidents, an Ivy League school in New Haven said it's making changes to promote more inclusion on campus.

Yale University said the centerpiece of its changes is a new center devoted to race.

However, Peter Salovey, the school's president said it's something that's been in the works since before the incidents. It's only now just become official.

The details came in a lengthy letter that had been promised to students after a student was denied entry into a fraternity party based on the color of her skin. A frat member allegedly told her "white girls only."

The incident led to a number of campus protests.

A second incident in which two men carried signs around campus which some people considered to be racist.

"There have been a lot of obviously racial tensions here," said Kamsi Nwangw, a Yale student. "I think that thing should have been kind of tough for a lot of people [on] the  campus. I think that steps in the right direction are always a good thing, so if progress is being made that's what matters."

Salovey said the changes to the university will include:

  • A center devoted to race that will also include ethnicity and aspects of social identity.
  • New faculty positions dedicated to histories, cultures and lives of communities that are under-represented.
  • Financial aid policies, including a reduction in the amount of money that low-income students will be expected to contribute.

Salovey added that the changes won't be enough. He said he's forming a task force made up of all the stakeholders. The group would consider other projects and policies related to diversity.

Eyewitness News sought comment from Salovey about the changes, but the request was denied.

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