It’s a beautiful day on the quad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This public ivy stands on the grounds of diversity, inclusion and excellence.
Considering those principles, it’s surprising that in the early 2000s after students expressed their unhappiness with the quality of food served in the dining halls. As a school that claims to hold diversity and inclusivity among students and staff, how can it confidently maintain a contract with Aramark?
This company recently served students at NYU a special meal to celebrate Black History Month which boasted . The perpetuation and normalization of racist stereotyping by Aramark corporation was uncalled for, inappropriate, but not entirely shocking, as they have a long list of missteps that persist today.
In a of the top ten companies who pay workers the least, Aramark came in sixth place with a revenue of $14.7 billion, CEO compensation $32.4 million and the average cashier’s hourly wage reaching a mere $9 per hour. Additionally, a former kitchen employee against Aramark for sexual harassment during her time working for an Ohio correctional institution.
The wrongdoings of Aramark, which are not isolated events, reflect the institutions which work with and thus provide revenue to Aramark, such as UNC. As a school whose mission statement addresses the institution’s aim to enhance the quality of life for individuals throughout North Carolina, we are incredibly misguided in contracting our dining services out to a company who does not even provide a to their employees at this University.