Richmond Times-Dispatch

VMI forms committee in response to racismclai­ms

- BY ERIC KOLENICH ekolenich@timesdispa­tch.com (804) 649-6109 Twitter: @EricKoleni­ch

The Virginia Military Institute has formed a diversity, equity and inclusion committee that met for the first time Monday and establishe­d its charter.

The committee consists of members of the board of visitors and may include non-voting member representa­tives from the university’s faculty, staff, corps of cadets, alumni and other groups.

Its purpose is to review VMI’s progress on inclusivit­y and its vision of maintainin­g awelcoming and affirming environmen­t. It will review reports on gender and ethnicity data related to recruitmen­t, admissions and the compositio­n of the corps, faculty and staff.

Members of the committee are Mike Hamlar, Lara Chambers, retired Lt. Gen. Charles Dominy, Lester Johnson, Scot Marsh, Dave

Miller, Joe Reeder and Tom Watjen. Hamlar will serve as chair.

This committee is separate from VMI’s committee on commemorat­ions and memorials, which is reviewing memorials on campus that reference the Confederac­y. The school’s board of visitors voted earlier this month to remove a statue of Stonewall Jackson.

 ?? 2018, THE ROANOKE TIMES ?? Cadets line up for the Change of Command Parade at VMI, where a diversity panel has been charged with reviewing progress on inclusivit­y.
2018, THE ROANOKE TIMES Cadets line up for the Change of Command Parade at VMI, where a diversity panel has been charged with reviewing progress on inclusivit­y.

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