Chancellor Malatras Issues Statement on University at Albany Decision to Remove ‘Indian Quad’ and ‘Indian Drive’ Names

March 5, 2021

"James Baldwin said, 'To accept one's past—one's history—is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it.' Renaming a campus road or building is not an attempt to erase our history. It is instead a signal that we will accept and learn from that collective past, and use that knowledge to forge more inclusive college communities where everyone feels at home. I want to thank the University at Albany and President Havidán Rodríguez for listening to students' concern, convening a transparent and swift review process, and ultimately renaming 'Indian Quad' and 'Indian Drive' as 'Indigenous Quad' and 'Indigenous Drive.' I also want to commend our UAlbany students who voiced their concerns in a resolute but respectful manner—proof that student activism can lead to concrete changes that make our campuses better places for everyone to learn and live."


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