- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - More than 60 students and activists have marched through the Wright State University campus in southwest Ohio, squeezing into administrative offices and demanding that the president meet with them to discuss rights for black students.

The protesters said they gathered at the Dayton campus Thursday to support their peers at the University of Missouri who have demonstrated recently over black student rights. They also said they wanted to raise awareness of “institutionalized racism” at Wright State.

The group marched from building to building on campus to decry “white privilege” and the “culture of mistreatment” toward black students, according to the Dayton Daily News (https://bit.ly/1kRXPgq ).

The protesters said they want the administration to address a set of demands that include increasing the number of black students and faculty, and requiring black curriculum.

Wright State President David Hopkins agreed to meet with the students next Thursday.

“I feel like he (Hopkins) is doing what he can. It’s more to do with him overseeing the way his staff are dealing and operating with the issues,” said Tristina Allen, a 21-year-old international studies major at the school.

Tommy DiMassimo, a fourth-year acting major at Wright State, said he would like to see more resources for black student groups on campus.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, about 12 percent of Wright State students are black. That figure is higher than most universities in Ohio.

Administrators at the University of Missouri have been dealing with racial issues that led to demonstrations by students, a strike by members of the school’s football team and the resignation of two top administrators.

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