The UNC Undergraduate Senate passed a concurrent resolution to stand in solidarity with and support UNC's Black community and a resolution to create the Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity Wednesday afternoon at a special meeting.
Senate members started the meeting by observing a minute of silence for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others killed by police.
"We stand with the protesters and advocates in cities across the country," the first resolution said. "We are committed to becoming active advocates for our Black students and will work to dismantle the history of systemic racism ingrained in our University."
The unanimously passed resolution was introduced to condemn police brutality, and pledged the Undergraduate Senate's commitment "to being a body that supports Black activists, Black identity groups and most importantly, all Black students on campus."
The resolution also includes a list of resources with links for students to access, including bail funds, organizations to donate to, petitions to sign and resources for students planning on protesting.
"We as a senate stand united behind this statement and deliver an appropriate response to these hideous events," Senate Speaker Keshav Javvadi said during the meeting.
The resolution was sent to several members of the UNC community, including Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, UNC System interim President Bill Roper, the Black Student Movement and the chairpersons of the Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward.
Introduced by senate members Maya Logan and Lamar Richards, the second resolution announced the creation of the Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity.
The commission will work to "expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural and economic status of the African American community on campus," and partner with the Campus Safety Commission and Commission on History, Race and A Way Forward to remove symbols of racism and oppression on campus.