The University's Undergraduate Senate unanimously voted to pass a concurrent resolution demanding that UNC remove the names of white supremacists, confederates and slave owners from all University buildings during its meeting on June 28.
The resolution, first introduced by Joint Senate Member-at-Large Maddox Addy, includes a statement that will be sent to 20 prominent figures in state government including Gov. Roy Cooper, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and North Carolina General Assembly House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland.
The Undergraduate Senate will also send it to leaders within the UNC System, including Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, Board of Trustees Chair David Boliek Jr. and UNC System President Peter Hans.
The resolution was first presented in a May 31 Senate meeting, but after opposition from other Senate members who cited a lack of research, the resolution failed to pass.
“I initially wanted to write this bill to support those that had been deputized by the University to kind of reckon with UNC’s past, because it is something that many students feel strongly about, and I wanted to support those student voices and support those that were doing the work,” Addy said.
Addy spent the last month creating a research appendix for his revised resolution.
“I ended up writing a new resolution that was 49 pages in length with about 183 citations that very thoroughly went through each individual name, and thoroughly researched each of these individuals,” Addy said.
The updated resolution calls for the renaming of 32 University buildings and requests immediate action on the process of building renaming.
The bill states that there are still “dozens of buildings and locations on this campus that are commemorated to individuals who actively worked against justice and equity for those living in America.”