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Violence in Charlottesville Prompts New Name for University of Houston Dorms

Calhoun was a U.S. vice president who promoted slavery and was a white supremacist.

The recent violence in Charlottesville has prompted the University of Houston to rename one of its dorms, which shared a name with John C. Calhoun, who advocated for slavery.

Technically, the Calhoun Lofts at UH were named for the city street that runs in front of the dorms, which are reserved for upperclassmen.

But the University of Houston has decided to change the name to "University Lofts" as soon as it's practical.

Calhoun was a U.S. vice president who promoted slavery and was a white supremacist.

UH spokesman Mike Rosen said in a statement that UH decided to change the dorm name because of recent events and “out of sensitivity” to the diverse student body on campus.

Rosen added that UH does not have any statues, memorials or monuments honoring the Confederate era.

It's not the only college making changes. Yale University recently changed the name of a residential college there that previously bore Calhoun's name.

In Austin, the University of Texas removed statues honoring Confederate leaders.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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