Centre College students sit-in, demand campus be more inclusive

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DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- Hundreds of students at Centre College in Danville held a sit-in Wednesday to demand the administration make the campus more inclusive and minority friendly.

A group of black students at the college organized the sit-in. They say they are fed up with the way they are being treated on campus. After failed attempts to create change through conversation with the administration, the students have taken up house in the administration building. They say they won’t leave until their demands are met.

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“What time is it? It’s time. What time is it? It’s time,” they shouted.

Armed with food, pillows, and backpacks, around 300 students marched into Centre College’s administration building Wednesday morning and took a seat.

“We are tired of being racially-biased, racially discriminated and not just that, has been piled up and momentum is now,” Taylor Morris, a student said.



The students say their goal is to pressure the administration to meet their list of demands.

“We demand that reports about misconduct regarding DPS officers not be reported to DPS rather be reported to a different party such as human resources,” Johanna Marcellon said.

The students say these are problems students of color have faced for years, but the college has refused to address.

“It’s either swept under the rug or they’re not responsive to our needs,” Marcellon said.

The president of the college disagrees.

“I don’t think that’s the culture here. I think students are perceiving some of these things that way and I respect that, their ability to draw those conclusions. They’re not ones I share,” President John Roush said.

Still, these students say they’re prepared to sit-in for as long as necessary.

“If they can do it in 1950 with Dr. King, we can do it here at Centre College in 2018,” Taylor Morris said.

Classes end for the year in two weeks, but students tell ABC 36 they want their demands met now so that they will feel comfortable coming back in the fall.