Preservation of UT's history at stake in debate on whether to rename Simkins Hall





Would renaming the Simkins Residence Hall heal the wounds caused by racism or whitewash bigotry from the University of Texas' past?

Those were among the questions raised in a public forum Monday that drew about 45 attendees. The public discussion was the second of two public forums to gather input on whether UT should rename Simkins. The advisory committee that will make a recommendation on the matter held its last meeting, which was closed to the public, afterward.

The 21-person advisory committee will issue its recommendation to UT President William Powers Jr. this week, said Gregory Vincent, the university's vice president for diversity and community engagement. Ultimately, the UT System Board of Regents will decide whether to rename the dorm....


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