#YaleWhileBlack: Yale Dean issues response about Black grad student questioned by cops for napping in dorm

The graduate student has gotten support from alum and current students on social media.

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Since Yale teaching fellow Lolade Siyonbola shared videos of being confronted by her neighbor and police officers in campus housing, she has received an outpouring of support.
The videos Siyonbola shared on Facebook showed her neighbor berating her for sleeping in a common area of their residence hall and then police officers questioning if Siyonbola “belonged” in the building at all. 

The graduate student took to Facebook to thank everyone for their support.

She wrote:
“Grateful for all the love, kind words and prayers, your support has been overwhelming
Black Yale community is beyond incredible and is taking good care of me. I know this incident is a drop in the bucket of trauma Black folk have endured since Day 1 America, and you all have stories. Share below if you feel led. xo”

Yale Dean’s Response

According to the Yale News, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Lynn Cooley sent out an email earlier this week to all masters and Phd students.

Cooley wrote:

“Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place. I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment. An essential part of that effort must be a commitment to mutual respect and an open dialog.”

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Outside of the Yale community,  Siyonbola has also seen support. The Connecticut chapter of the ACLU tweeted about her story.

“Sleeping in your dorm while Black shouldn’t result in being questioned by police. Students of color should be able to use common spaces on their college campuses without fear of being racially profiled. ,” they wrote, using the hashtag that Black Yale students have been using to detail their campus experiences.


Other Twitter users have also shown support.

Siyonbola and the Yale press office have not yet responded to a request for comment. 

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