USM students protesting racism meet with college president

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 24, 2015 at 9:50 a.m.



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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Students at the University of Southern Maine who have been protesting racism on campus met with the college's president to talk about changes to hiring, training and class requirements.

Students met with Glenn Cummings on Monday. He tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1NNNCJV ) the students laid out a plan of what they'd like to see change at the Portland university. Cummings says five students presented a 10-point "list of demands" during a one-hour meeting that he called "extremely productive."

Some of the students are affiliated with the Portland Racial Justice Congress and the Black Lives Matter movement. They have organized two protests in recent weeks to pledge support for other university students protesting racism around the country. They also want more diversity in faculty and staff at USM.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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