Brockport students protest firing of chief diversity officer

Updated: February 14, 2020 03:51 PM
Created: February 13, 2020 12:50 PM

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Students attending SUNY Brockport are protesting the controversial firing of the college's Chief Diversity Officer Cephas Archie, Ed.D.

Thursday morning, students walked out of class with signs reading "where is the diversity?" and "we stand with Dr. Archie."


After the march, the students held a silent sit-in.

"We have a lot of students here who walk the campus having said racial slurs, having offended students, having discriminated against students and they walk the campus free while others feel oppressed," junior Deniel Jimenez said.

After the protest, students marched to the administration building to the president's office.

This comes just days after the school's Diversity Recruitment and Retention Specialist Sandra Vazquez, Ed.D. resigned.

College officials say they're committed to “building a better Brockport.”

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