University: Help, our campus is too white

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Western Washington University is concerned that there are too many white students on its campus and is seeking help to rectify the situation.

“How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today?’” a questionnaire put out by the state-funded school asked, college watchdog website Campus Reformreported.


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The school’s president, Bruce Shepard, has been open about the goal, stating in the university’s 2012 opening convocation: “Every year, from this stage and at this time, you have heard me say that, if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university.”

Campus Reform reported that the sentiment has been echoed in a number of convocation speeches, in which the campus’ whiteness is seen as evidence of “failure.”

“In the decades ahead, should we be as white as we are today, we will be relentlessly driven toward mediocrity; or, become a sad shadow of our current self,” Mr. Shepard said in a recent blog post, Campus Reform reported.

A university spokesman was “hesitant” to offer clarification, the watchdog site reported.

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