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Hampshire College President Steps Down After Months of Protests

HeadlineApr 08, 2019

In Massachusetts, the president of Hampshire College, Miriam Nelson, stepped down Friday, after months of student protests against cuts in the school’s staff and budget. In January, Nelson announced Hampshire College would not admit a full class in the fall, as well as a plan to merge the school with a “strategic partner,” leading many to fear the school may either close or lose its independence. Student organizers from the group Hamp Rise Up have been calling on Nelson, as well as other officials and board members, to step down following a vote of no confidence from students. Fundraising campaigns have been set up to keep Hampshire College running in the face of losses from tuition for the coming school year.

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