Lack Of Diversity In Higher Education
UCLA Law students frustrated with the low number of African-American students enrolled
Several students from the UCLA School of Law released a video which revealed their disappointment with the lack of Black students on campus. The video shed light on the fact that there are 33 Black students out of 1,100 students enrolled, which is three percent of the student body.
The majority of these students expressed feelings of isolation, seclusion, and many even feared being characterized as the “angry black woman” for having different views from their white classmates.
“The fact that I was a black woman played a lot into why people stopped listening to me. I felt like if there were maybe more black women in the class, maybe just five of us, people could have seen more of a variation in our responses to what was going on in class and what I felt like was sexism in the classroom,” voiced one student.
This is proof that educational institutions need to make an effort to target more people of color. It’s no longer a matter of noninterest amongst the African-American community anymore, but rather the lack of awareness. With that in mind, a plethora of students from around the country have taken to the web to advocate for an increase in diversity on college campuses, including UCLA undergraduates who made it known that the school has more NCAA championships than black male freshman, as well as the student at the University of Michigan who sparked a Twitter conversation, titled #BBUM, which stands for ‘Being Black at the University of Michigan.’