Student protesters urge state to change Dixie State University’s name

By: | February 26, 2021

State Senate leaders in Utah say a bill to rename Dixie State University will get a debate this session, after a group of students rallied at the Capitol in favor of removing “Dixie” from the school’s name.

About 50 students made the 300-mile bus trip from St. George, in the southwestern corner of the state, to Salt Lake City for the protest and to meet with state senators about HB278, which calls for the university’s board of trustees to select a new name by November. The bill passed the House on February 10 but had reportedly stalled in the Senate.

Nursing student Abigail Scherzinger helped organize the trip and told CNN that the stigma surrounding the school’s name is a big concern for students.

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