Petition questions UNC Wilmington's commitment to diversity

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 27, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.



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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — An online petition is questioning the University of North Carolina Wilmington's commitment to diversity.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported (http://bit.ly/1PVSzme) the now-closed petition on Change.org appeared more than a week ago asking Chancellor Jose Sartarelli to reinstate Katie Peel as the school's director of Women's Studies and Resource Center.

A school spokeswoman says Peel was removed from the position Aug. 13, although she continues as an associate professor in the English department.

The newspaper reported that since May, three directors of centers that are part of the school's office of institution diversity and inclusion have either resigned or been removed.

School spokeswoman Janine Iamunno said diversity and inclusion are and will continue to be priorities at the school.

The school hired a diversity officer this spring.

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