San Jose State loses donor, VP in controversy over racial remarks
- San Jose State University foundation board member Wanda Ginner and Vice President for University Advancement Rebecca Dukes issued their resignations Friday due to backlash over racial remarks made by Ginner.
- Ginner, in a February meeting, reportedly said, "I contribute to this university because these little Latinas do not have the DNA to be successful," and the revelation of the alleged comments led students to protest last week.
- Dukes was pulled into the controversy because, as the foundation's CEO, she was present at the meeting where the remarks were said to be made and did not say anything at the time.
The university's president, Mohammad Qayoumi, is is still reviewing an external investigation into the matter, but, according to the San Jose Mercury News, the results will only be seen by Ginner and the person who filed the complaint. He additionally reiterated the university's commitment to providing an inclusive environment for all students. Ginner, who maintains she didn't make the remarks, said that she had actually called the February meeting to address the notion that SJSU wasn't fair to Hispanics regarding admissions and financial aid.
- San Jose Mercury News SJSU: University donor and target of protests resigns; vice president also steps down
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