The message below was sent to all faculty involved in faculty governance on April 1, 2015:
Dear Esteemed Colleagues in Faculty Governance,
I’m writing to ask you to visit http://bot.unc.edu/comments/ before the April 25th deadline to offer your thoughts and suggestions to the Board of Trustees on whether to rename Saunders Hall and how we can better interpret and curate our University’s complicated history.
This call for ideas is the culmination of a year-long process in which the Board of Trustees has been considering proposals to rename Saunders. The Trustees’ University Affairs Committee heard comments from several faculty members, students, staff, and members of the community about this complex issue at its meeting on March 25. That day the committee announced that the Trustees would invite additional comments and suggestions about how to handle the issue — and more generally about how to ensure that we all better understand the university’s history — through the web form available at the link above.
This is an area where I believe faculty insights, experiences, knowledge, and creativity can offer significant contributions and many good ideas that may not have yet been considered.
We promised the Trustees we would encourage as many faculty colleagues as possible to submit their thoughts, so I hope you will join me in responding at http://bot.unc.edu/comments/ before the April 25th deadline. While this message is being sent only to faculty involved in campus-level faculty governance, please feel free to share with as many colleagues as possible.
Thank you for your consideration,
Chair of the Faculty