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UO president recommends name change for Deady Hall

Schill said recent events have "pushed us over a tipping point" and made him reconsider an earlier decision to keep the name.

Posted: Jun 10, 2020 1:55 PM
Updated: Jun 10, 2020 6:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Deady Hall at the University of Oregon may soon get a new name.

President Michael Schill announced Wednesday he is recommending the name be changed due to racist views held by namesake Matthew Deady, the first president of the UO Board of Regents.

READ: Schill’s full announcement on Deady Hall renaming

The recommendation will go to the Board of Trustees. A special meeting is planned for late June.

A committee will also review whether any statues or monuments on campus should be removed.

Calls for change resurfaced amid weeks of protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

RELATED: UO BOARD MEMBER RENEWS EFFORT TO RENAME DEADY HALL

In 2016, students raised concerns about Deady Hall’s name, and a report was commissioned, but Schill advised the Board of Trustees to not change the name.

Schill said violence against black Americans and the disproportionate effects of coronavirus on people of color “have pushed us over a tipping point” and caused him to reconsider.

“It is now apparent to me that, as long as Matthew Deady’s name remains in a place of honor on our campus, our students of color will feel that they are not valued; that this institution is not their institution,” he wrote in a memo.

“Transformation sometimes takes years to successfully accomplish,” he wrote. “But we will not be deterred; the time is ripe for change.”

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