- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The president of a Catholic college where last month students protested over allegations of campus racism has responded to students’ demands for a more inclusive community.

Rev. Brian Shanley announced Monday to the Providence College community a comprehensive plan to address students’ concerns.

About 50 students occupied Shanley’s office during the Feb. 16 protest. After 13 hours, Shanley signed an agreement of commitment and promised to respond in writing to students’ demands.

The plan outlines steps for creating an inclusive curriculum, announces the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Committee and describes other actions to be taken.

About 100 students in November called on Shanley to address racism on campus. The college’s Class of 2019 has about 1,000 students; 16 percent are of black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American descent.

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