Students at Georgetown University voted Thursday to raise tuition at the school by $27.20 per semester to provide reparations to the descendants of 272 slaves owned and later sold by the school in the 1800s.
The vote was taken by 58 percent of the student population. Approximately 66% of students voted in favor.
In a written statement, Todd Olson, Georgetown Vice President for Student Affairs says, “The university values the engagement of our students and appreciates that 3,845 students made their voices heard in yesterday’s election. Our students are contributing to an important national conversation and we share their commitment to addressing Georgetown’s history with slavery.”
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