Broward’s performing arts major, Broward College, has been on lockdown since April 23 due to a potential threat.
According to its website, the department “provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff and students of all backgrounds to be engaged in their learning while fostering a diverse and inclusive community.”
In May, the university announced the closing of the campus for six months due to an increase in the threat level.
It was the first time that the school had closed for more than a year since 2011.
Broward College was in the news for its recent hiring of new director of performance, Kristina Tashima, a white woman.
The department said at the time it was not a “racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic, or racist-based school.”
Tashima said she is the first black female director of a school in the country, and the first in her state.
In January, she said that she was “proud” of her department.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Tashimas director of community engagement, Amanda Stebbins, defended the department’s hiring of a black woman as a part of the university’s “commitment to inclusion.”
She said the hiring was part of a larger effort to attract more women and minorities to the department.
Browards senior dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Stephanie McDaniel, said the department will continue to work closely with the school, including through the summer, and hopes to reopen in a few months.
Browardi’s principal, Dan Naughton, said in a statement that the department is committed to its core mission and to supporting students, students of color and the arts, as well as the community.
“This decision was made by our Board of Trustees based on our desire to be responsive to our students, our community and the community of Broward.
We are committed to working with our faculty, community and students to make sure they are well served and protected during this difficult time,” Naughts statement said.