A sit-in orchestrated by students at Providence College in Rhode Island ended late Tuesday night after a deal was struck with school leaders on how to address allegations of racism on campus. About 50 students occupied a space outside of President Brian J. Shanley‘s office for 13 hours before the agreement was signed to hear out the students and their demands, reports the Providence Journal.
The students began protesting early Tuesday, vowing to stay put until Rev. Shanley agreed to address each portion of their demands. Starting at 8:30 AM ET, the protesters grew in number throughout the day with initial reports from The Associated Press stating 20 students were counted for in the protest.
The Providence Journal reports:
After Shanley signed the agreement at about 9:45, Associate Vice President Steven J. Maurano said, “I’ve seen a lot of talk on social media that said Father Shanley agreed to all the students’ demands. What he agreed to do was to make progress … . And report back on March 7th.”
The agreement says that Shanley will issue a comprehensive plan by 4 p.m on March 7.
According to the agreement, students will be named to a diversity committee that includes faculty and administrators; the faculty will meet next week to discuss curriculum changes and other academic matters; workshops will be scheduled on “inclusive pedagogy”; renovations of Moore Hall will move forward.
Students arrived at Harkins Hall at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and began their occupation. Shanley spoke to them shortly before 4:30 p.m. — the time college officials had told the students they had to end their protest and leave.
The protesters used the hashtag “#PCBreakTheSilence” to keep a tally of the progress of things. In the video clip below, Rev. Shanley is seen signing the agreement.