Hundreds of UC Davis Students Stage Walkout, Call for Chancellor’s Resignation

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DAVIS--

Fired up and frustrated.

Hundreds of UC Davis students walked out of class Friday as part of an ongoing fight to oust Linda Katehi from her job as Chancellor. The students are outraged that, on top of her university salary, Katehi accepted high paying board seats at DeVry Education Group and John Wiley and Sons.

Critics call that a conflict of interest which came at the expense of students. Katehi has since stepped down from Devry and apologized. That wasn't enough to stop this movement.

"We want chancellor Katehi gone," Kyla Burke, one of the protest organizers, told FOX40.  "But not just because of her problems, but because what she represents the corporatization and privatization of our university, and we want to change that."

Protesters also say Katehi has failed to properly address racial and religious tensions on campus.

While some students stand in solidarity with the movement, others question if fiery chanting is the best method to affect change.

"I feel as though this movement isn't being productive, because there's no dialogue between the chancellor and the students," UC Davis junior Bennett Reeber said.

The University told FOX40, the Chancellor agreed to a discussion this week with two protesters, however that meeting was interrupted by chanting and banging on doors.

"The Chancellor remains very interested in having a meaningful and respectful conversation with the protesters, as she does with all students. She repeatedly has made offers to meet with the protesters," a UC Davis Spokesperson said in a written statement.

Burke isn't satisfied with that, and wants to have a meeting on the protesters' terms, instead.

"They keep trying to set up meetings on their terms where they can isolate certain students and keep us separate," Burke said.

The University says Katehi does not plan to resign.