University Seeks Strategy to Become “Less White”
One of the foremost questions on the mind of Western Washington University’s president, Bruce Shepard, is how his school can “make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today.’” The college distributed a questionnaire to students this week containing this and other salient questions asking for suggestions to improve the college’s racial diversity. This has long been a matter of utmost importance to Shepard, who said in 2012 that if “in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as a university.”
While WWU has managed to almost double the number of minority students from 2001 to 2013, minorities only represented 12.3% of Western faculty last year. In a recent blog post, Shepard warns that if the college remains “as white as we are today, we will be relentlessly driven toward mediocrity; or, become a sad shadow of our current self.” According to Campus Reform, a spokesperson for the university was “hesitant” to offer further clarification on the matter.