Berry and others explained reparations could include the university investing in local afterschool programs and early childhood development. She said many students support the idea but others have questions and concerns.
Some students and others at colleges and universities nationally in recent months have discussed how their schools can offer various forms of reparations to the descendants of enslaved people. Georgetown University students approved a non-binding referendum earlier this month to increase their fees to create a fund that pays for education and health programs for descendants of the enslaved that benefited the school. Sixty-six percent of its students voted for the referendum.
UGA President Jere Morehead responded in a recent op-ed to the group here by noting the university's ongoing efforts to offer more needs-based scholarships and what he said was a respectful process to handle the burial remains that included a memorial on campus.