WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Students at Purdue University said racist incidents are all too common.
The most recent incident occurred Tuesday, when a poster about racism awareness was vandalized with a racial slur.
On Friday, Purdue students like Naeemah Webb agreed they had had enough.
"We have come together to decide that we are not going to let this happen in our house," said Webb.
Students came together Friday morning to hold a peaceful rally outside of Hovde Hall.
While a crowd stood outside, a smaller crowd of about eight, met with Purdue President Mitch Daniels. The meeting lasted about 45 minutes, and when the group emerged, they had only positive things to say.
"I just believe that when we're done with some of the actions that will come from this, we will attract an even greater set of Boilermakers to join us in the future," said Daniels.
"As far as moving forward, we want to start implementing programs with the BGR (Boiler Gold Rush) program, which is a program for incoming students," said Purdue Graduate Student Tyrell Connor. "They have a week where we can talk about these issues of diversity, creating programs across colleges and getting that communication going as far as diversity and race issues, and then just building open dialog and public discourse about these issues."
Connor said he is hopeful the meeting will bring about change, but said he wants students to understand it will take time.
"Don't expect something to come next fall, and be some huge catastrophic class," said Connor. "It's just a cultural change. Let's be able to talk to each other openly, friendly, even if we disagree, let's be able to have that conversation, and with that conversation, true growth and true learning will take place."
In the meantime, Connor said he wants students to remember no matter what ethnicity they are, they're all Boilermakers.
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