The Special Committee on Acknowledgment and Naming was formed to develop a process and policies that will guide how the college names major buildings, spaces, funds and campus programs. 

This Committee, which shall be composed of Trustees and non-Trustees appointed by the Chair of the Board of Trustees, is entrusted with the following responsibilities: 

  • Engage broadly with the Davidson community so as to understand and appreciate our current practices with respect to naming as well as the range of views within the community on naming practices. 
  • Recommend a process and criteria to determine whether names of existing buildings, spaces, funds and major programs should be re-evaluated. 
  • Develop an acknowledgment and naming policy for the college. 
  • Undertake any re-evaluation, if necessary, of identified buildings, spaces, funds, and major programs identified by the Committee’s process. 

Committee News For Trustees, Learning Comes Before Deciding

The Acknowledgment and Naming Committee members spent their first months on one thing: homework. The group learned that naming buildings and public places at a college or university is like any other effort of great importance. It requires a plan.

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Committee Members

  • Erwin Carter '79, Chair
  • David Barnard '79
  • Reid French '93
  • Beverly Smith Hance
  • Gloria Nlewedim '17
  • Steve Shames '96
  • Joel Williamson '67

Consulting Members

  • Clark Ross, faculty           
  • Hilary Green, advisor
  • Eileen Keeley, staff
  • Sarah Phillips, staff

Committee Reports

The Special Committee on Acknowledgment and Naming shall make periodic reports to the College and Community Relations Committee. The Special Committee shall work with the College and Community Relations Committee to bring recommendations to the Board.

Contact

We look forward to engaging the community in aspects of this work and will circulate details as those opportunities become available. If you would like to stay up to date on the work of the committee by adding your name to our mailing list, or if you have other questions, please use this form or email specialcommittees@davidson.edu.

Timeline

Date Task

August 2020

Davidson College Commission on Race and Slavery issues its report, including a recommendation that the college examine the naming of public buildings.

October 2020

Davidson College Trustees appoint a Special Committee (of Trustees) on Acknowledgment and Naming.

November 2020

Special Committee holds its first meeting (virtually).

Fall 2020–Spring 2021

Continued meetings around historical readings, examinations of efforts by other institutions.

Summer 2021

Discuss principles and criteria for taking action around names of buildings, spaces, funds, or programs on campus.

August 2021

Anticipated discussion with the Board of what has been learned so far and the draft principles and criteria.

Fall 2021–Winter 2022

Events in Davidson, in other locations and virtually for the committee to share and discuss both what they have learned and the principles and criteria they are considering.

Winter–Spring 2022

Committee continues to meet regularly to reflect on feedback from community and develop a final draft policy to present to the board.

Spring 2022

Bring to the full board a proposed naming policy which will include how to examine and consider taking action around names of buildings or public spaces on campus.