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College Students and Reparations

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What are arguments for and against reparations for slavery, and what might restitution look like? How are some of America’s finest universities and college students closely connected to slavery? UIS welcomes Mélisande Short-Colomb, who was recently informed that her ancestors were two of 272 enslaved people owned by the Jesuits of Georgetown U. and sold in 1838 to keep the university afloat. Granted legacy status and enrolling at Georgetown, she joined students in documenting the university's slavery history, grappling with the reparations question, organizing and voting for a semesterly restitution fee, and debating how to best use the fees.

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