Communities of Color Say There's a 'Proliferation of Racism at UMD'

Posted at: 05/17/2013 9:36 PM
Updated at: 05/17/2013 10:37 PM
By: Zach Hammer

The NAACP, American Indian groups, and communities of color spoke out against UMD's Strategic Plan on Friday afternoon.

They say there is a proliferation of racism on campus, and they called on officials to address that.

UMD's Strategic Plan sets forth six goals for the university, such as promoting an inclusive campus and achieving scholastically.

In a press release from the NAACP, they say they are concerned about five of those six goals.

"We see more of the same, we don't see the kind of diversity under the administration that we expected. We don't see the progress in terms of his strategic plan that we expected," said Claudie Washington, president of the Minnesota Chapter of the NAACP. "We're not very optimistic that change is going to come by without some kind of public accountability."

While he applauded the university's relationship with American Indians, Washington says UMD falls short in relationship with all other communities of color by omitting them in the Strategic Plan.

"We welcome voices that challenge the status quo and stand behind our commitment to equity, diversity and social justice for all," said UMD Chancellor Lendley Black in a response statement.