Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz shared a petition with Richard Stevens, chairperson of the Board of Trustees, regarding a 2015 moratorium that temporarily froze the renaming of historical buildings, monuments, memorials and landscapes on campus, according to Director of UNC Media Relations Joanne Peters Denny.
The petition, which has about 450 signatures, calls for Guskiewicz to ask the BOT to revoke the moratorium. The moratorium halted discussions about renaming campus properties until 2031. About 30 buildings on campus have namesakes with ties to white supremacy.
These namesakes are not just donors, said William Sturkey, professor in the UNC Department of History and one of six professors who submitted the petition.
“Not all of the campus buildings are named after people who donated money,” Sturkey said. “Some of them are named for people who people, at that particular time, just thought it would be a good idea to venerate these people by naming a building for them.”
Guskiewicz created the Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward in early January, which will be "charged with recognizing the University’s complicated history and promoting reconciliation,” Peters Denny said.