Racist University President judges success on skin color - video - Western Washington University President Seeks to Ensure Students, Faculty Are Less White

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Dr. Susan Berry
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16 April 2014
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National News
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According to Bruce Shepard, president of Western Washington University (WWU), a university’s success is based not on its curriculum but on the color of its student body and faculty. In a school-wide questionnaire, the WWU community was asked, “How do we make sure that in future years 'we are not as white as we are today?'”

As Kaitlyn Schalhorn writing at Campus Reform reports, Shepard’s question, which was asked in the communications and marketing department’s daily newsletter called Western Today, aims to help “improve Western Washington University’s adherence to its mission” as discussed by Shepard during his 2013 convocation address.

In that speech, Shepard discussed diversity, access to education, and the university’s place in a global economy. He also described WWU as a “selective and premier institution,” one whose “students are more likely to come from the upper middle class families where parents have gone to college.”...



To determine whether the question is racist, one need change only one word in the question and then consider the ramifications of asking it:

“How do we make sure that in future years 'we are not as black as we are today?'”