Vermont Business Magazine Below is a statement from the University of Vermont, attributed it to Enrique Corredera, executive director of news and public affairs, and issued Thursday night. Protesters had blocked Main Street in Burlington Thursday to support racial justice after recent incidents on the UVM campus. Protesters asserted that UVM has not done enough to address racism.
"The University does not condone any activity that can result in serious unintended consequences. Taking over a major intersection in the city of Burlington, and impacting the lives of thousands of individuals and families is such an activity.
"The University will remain focused on the work it is doing to advance its diversity and inclusion goals, and will continue to speak out against every form of racism, bigotry and injustice on our campus.
"President Sullivan and his senior leadership team remain quite willing to continue a dialog with students. He welcomes a meeting with the No names for Justice group, and his office will reach out soon to schedule a time.
"It is our sincere hope that mutual respect and civility, as well as adherence to the rule of law and University policies, will guide all of our actions as we confront difficult societal challenges."
A group of University of Vermont students took to the streets Thursday night for a protest against racial injustice. Many were part of the group 'NoNames for Justice," which is a group of students dedicated to ending white supremacy.