A coalition of UNC-system students gathered Friday morning in front of the Center for School Leadership Development in Chapel Hill during the Board of Governor's monthly meeting — but Board Chairperson Lou Bissette said some of their anger was misplaced.
“We didn’t have anything to do with the Charlotte ordinance or the GA bill, yet somehow we’ve been thrust into the middle of this thing, and I think it’s a bit unfair,” Bissette said. “We’re trying to do our job and educate people.”
Students from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Asheville, Appalachian State University and North Carolina A&T criticized the system’s appointment of Margaret Spellings, its inaction on House Bill 2 and its decreased funding for HBCUs.
“I’m tired of the board refusing to acknowledge student voices,” said UNC-Chapel Hill senior Shannon Brien. “And now especially with H.B. 2, not only is the board denying the voices of students but denying the existence of some students — of trans students, and putting their bodies even more at risk in an environment where they should be safe.”
Spellings told reporters last week that the General Administration's compliance with House Bill 2 — clarified in an April 5 memo to UNC-system chancellors — was not an endorsement.