Providence College students stage sit-in, cite campus racism

Credit: Alex Nunnelly

By News Staff

Students protesting over allegations of campus racism at a Catholic college in Rhode Island say they’ve gotten the college’s president to sign an agreement promising to create a more inclusive environment.

About 50 Providence College students had occupied the Rev. Brian Shanley’s office in their protest. They say after 13 hours Shanley signed an agreement of commitment Tuesday night.

The primarily black students say Shanley has committed to issuing a comprehensive plan to address their concerns. They say he promises to help name members of a campus diversity committee and to meet with faculty members to discuss curriculum reform.

College Associate Vice President Steven Maurano hasn’t responded to a phone call seeking comment.

About 100 Providence College students in November called on Shanley to address racism on campus. The college’s Class of 2019 has about 1,000 students; 16 percent are black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American.

(C) WLNE/TV 2015