Category Archive: Students

Toppling of the Silent Sam statue

Below is a letter I sent today to members of the Gillings School community. Dear Gillings School faculty and staff members, students, alumni and friends, My purpose in writing is to provide a perspective on the toppling of the Confederate statue called Silent Sam that occurred August 20 on the… Read More

Addressing discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

[This post is adapted from a memo on sexual harassment sent Dec. 5, 2017, to Gillings School faculty, staff and students. – BKR] Context for discussions about sexual harassment. Over the past several months, complaints about sexual harassment, assault and sexual misconduct have reached a crescendo in the news, calling… Read More

Graduate students speak out about proposed change to federal tax plan

Gillings School students organize to be heard Graduate students are speaking out about the damage that will result if the draft federal tax bill moves forward without modification – and their protests are important. Sections of the bill are related to deductions for tuition waivers, stipends and graduate student work… Read More

Ending DACA: A terrible idea

The wrong thing to do I had a fantasy last weekend as the media kept reporting that the president would announce an end to the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program. I fantasized (in retrospect) that his exposure to the people of Houston, in their time of distress… Read More