Amid backlash from students and faculty, Yale University has decided to change the name of a residential college that was named after John C. Calhoun. Calhoun was a 19th-century politician who supported slavery. According to the Huffington Post, on Saturday the institution announced that it would rename the college after Grace Murray Hopper.
“The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly,” Yale President Peter Salovey said in a press release. “But John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately supported slavery as a ‘positive good’ fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values.”