The University at Albany is considering whether to change the name of Indian Quad, one of the college’s four major on-campus housing units, enlisting a work group to make a recommendation to college officials.
The work group consists of the college’s chief diversity officer, students, professors and other college staff and will consider other community input received by Aug. 15, according to a campus email from Todd Foreman, UAlbany vice president of finance and administration.
“The appropriateness of Indian Quad’s name has been raised periodically over the years since the Uptown Campus was built in the mid-1960s, and we have heard from many of you about it in recent weeks,” according to the email.
Foreman wrote that while the name was intended to “honor these cultures’ important contributions throughout New York’s history,” the college’s “commitment to diversity and inclusion requires” that it discuss whether a name change is appropriate.
The work group will be tasked with engaging members of indigenous communities and other outside experts to garner input from the most impacted groups.
Indian Quad is all-freshmen housing and includes other Native American names like Mohawk Tower and Seneca Hall. Other housing quads are named Colonial Quad, Dutch Quad and State Quad.