Native American students demanding apology over alleged UArizona President Robbins offensive comments

Native American students demanding apology over alleged UArizona President Robbins offensive comments
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A group of students are demanding a face-to-face apology from University of Arizona President Robert Robbins over remarks they claim he made in front of a class last month.

According to the Daily Wildcat, the Native Students Outreach, Access and Resiliency (SOAR) group claims President Robbins said he wasn’t trying to “pull an Elizabeth Warren” when he allegedly claimed to have taken a DNA test because he might be part Cherokee.

The group said he then reportedly said he planned to get re-tested because of his high cheekbones.

President Robbins released the following statement to KOLD News 13.

“I want to extend my sincere apology for my comments made during a SOAR class in early October and their impact. Today, I met with two Native student leaders and it was humbling to hear their perspectives and concerns. I learned a great deal about the impact of my words and want to learn more.

“Tomorrow, I will be meeting with all of the students who are in the SOAR class to convey my belated apology for my comments and express that I value their presence on our campus and the contributions each of these students make to our academic community. I want each and every student to feel included and supported. I look forward to learning from and partnering with our students on these important issues.” — UArizona President Robert Robbins.

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