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Racist Zoom Disruptions During Sweatt Center for Black Males Event

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Yesterday a Zoom meeting for the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males, was interrupted by a racist Zoom disruption incident. One of the students participating in the online session, captured the incident and tweeted it out, initiating this response from UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves:

Dr. Ryan Sutton, director of the Sweatt Center, immediately issued an apology on Twitter to all of the students who were participating in the session:

The University is now working to extend Zoom security protocols to all UT staff members (those had been secured for faculty before the first day of classes). The DDCE has also tightened procedures for inviting students and others to Zoom meetings.

Sutton says that although students are upset about the incident, it should not distract the students and Sweatt Center staff from their mission. “Instead,” he says, “let’s continue to build community through this social isolation, and make the impact that we have set out to have.”

Tweets by Pres. Fenves and the Sweatt Center