UC Berkeley is considering a proposal to dename Barrows Hall, a building on campus that has long received criticism due to its namesake’s racist history.
The UC Berkeley Building Name Review Committee received the proposal for renaming Barrows Hall on Friday. The proposal was submitted by Melissa Charles and Takiyah Jackson from the campus African American Student Development Office.
According to the proposal, it was made with the research and drafting support of UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty in response to requests by the Black Student Union, Black Graduate Student Association, the Filipinx and Philippine Studies Working Committees and other members of the campus community.
In a campuswide email, UC Berkeley professor and Building Name Review Committee Chair Paul Fine said an initial comment period on the proposal will be open for two to five weeks depending on the volume of responses. He added that comments designated by respondents as public will be posted on the committee’s website.
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