Salem College students staged a week-long sit-in, which ended April 18, to call for greater diversity, better conditions on campus and decreased transphobia.
Students for a Better Salem College led a call to action. The group said in a statement that while Salem College — located in Winston-Salem — claims to embrace the ideals of diversity, community members have failed to act upon these convictions.
“For Salem to succeed as a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution, actions must take place to rectify the inequality that exists, and to hold people in positions of power accountable for their actions," the students' statement said.
The student group said it demanded policies that should have long been in place, such as visible effort given to the renovation, restoration and maintenance of residence halls — with a particular focus on buildings reserved for residents with medical conditions.
The students' statement also calls for a minimum of 16 hours of annual diversity training to be required for all members of the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, health and counseling services, general staff, the Alumnae Board and Board of Visitors.