ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — In July, Tom Missel, St. Bonaventure’s chief communications officer, told TAPinto Greater Olean that SBU President Dennis DePerro would ask the university’s Board of Trustees to approve a resolution in support of Black Lives Matter at the board’s next meeting in October.
But an email about the Oct. 2 trusteees meeting that DePerro and Board Chair John Sheehan sent to faculty and staff on Oct. 16 made no reference to the resolution.
In response to an inquiry from TAPinto Greater Olean, DePerro said the resolution will be placed on the board’s December agenda.
“We do have a resolution to put before the board, and were hoping to do so at the October meeting, but we wanted to make sure the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Commission was fully formed with student representation, so we could discuss with trustees both the commission and the Black Lives Matter resolution,” DePerro said. “But students weren’t named until after the board meeting, so we will put the resolution and DEI Commission discussion on the agenda for the December meeting.”
The university announced on Thursday that DePerro appointed students Rafael Quezada, Marisol Woods and Trishelle Murphy to the commission. DePerro established the commission in July and appointed Matrecia James, dean of the university’s School of Business, and Kimberly DeSimone, an associate professor in the Jandoli School of Communication, co-chairs. Ten members of the university community were appointed to the commission in August.
Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.