Following a recent trend of protests on college campuses for school administrators to step down after making racially insensitive remarks, a Claremont McKenna College student named Taylor Lemmons posted on Medium Wednesday that she’d be embarking on a hunger strike until dean of students Mary Spellman stepped down from her position. The reason for Lemmons’ protests stemmed from an email sent by Spellman to a student allegedly implying students of color don’t “fit the CMC mold.”
Here’s a bit more from Lemmons’ piece:
This is larger than Halloween costumes. This is larger than any one person. This is larger than one email. The “fit the CMC mold” statement falls in line with a consistent and systemic non-response model that exists in the Dean of Students office — particularly relate to marginalized students. “Fit the mold” only compounds the instances where she and her office have failed to respond to violence that marginalized students have experienced on this campus.
Today, the Claremont McKenna Forum reports, Spellman stepped down, avoiding citing a specific reason for her departure save for writing that “the best way to gain closure of a controversy that has divided the student body and disrupted the mission of this fine institution.” (You can read the full letter here.)