PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania has decided to change the name of tenured, full-time professors who live in student dorms following weeks of protests against racial insensitivity on college campuses across the country.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1NLzMqm ) the university has opted to change the name from faculty masters to faculty directors. Supporters argue that the term master connotes a legacy of slavery.
Penn's faculty directors voted unanimously for the title change before Thanksgiving. Dennis DeTurck, a Penn math professor, dean, and faculty director, says the move is a small but important step.
But some students didn't see the move that way.
Junior Sam Byers says there are real racial issues on the campus and this is "just about the least of any of them."
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com