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SGA Senate votes to send resolution on UNT building namesakes to university officials

SGA Senate votes to send resolution on UNT building namesakes to university officials

March 01
18:46 2018

The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate voted Wednesday to approve a resolution regarding how UNT names on-campus buildings.

The resolution requests that the university board “strongly considers a significant person of the UNT community that identifies as a person of color and/or a woman” when naming the new residence hall and any future buildings.

A petition requesting the same consideration has more than 1,000 supporters and will also be sent to the Board of Regents and certain UNT administrators. The petition will include names of people associated with UNT suggested by the signees as potential namesakes for new buildings.

SGA Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Misaki Collins initially created the petition in early February and found support for the initiative on social media.

“I’m really happy that everyone really contributed and [that] it wasn’t just me or the co-sponsors,” Collins said.

The petition became the center of a social media controversy after Nancy Kolsti, a UNT spokesperson, called the petition’s message “reverse racism” in an email to Collins. Kolsti later resigned.

UNT spokesperson Kelley Reese said that Kolsti’s email does not reflect what the university believes and that she was speaking as a private citizen.

Collins did not have a comment on Kolsti’s resignation.

”The community wanted something to happen, and it happened,” finance senior Armando Urena said. “It’s great that [the petition and resolution] is being done the proper way.”

Collins created the petition and resolution after noticing that only two out of 87 main buildings on campus are named after women and none are named after a person of color.

“It would be great to symbolize the equality at UNT with this,” Biology freshman Kayly Bernal said.

Next, Collins hopes to discuss this initiative and its future with the Senate.

“[Hopefully] we’re gonna give a brief bio to the [names] that were repeatedly submitted.”

Collins drafted the resolution which is co-sponsored by 14 other senators.

“Hopefully an update from the administration will be provided before the end of the semester,” SGA President Barrett Cole said.

The petition closed Wednesday.

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