It is one thing when a student attends a university uncoerced, meaning the student went to the university’s website and submitted their application without having any entity from the institution engage with them. For many students of color this is not the case. These students ARE approached during recruitment fairs and invited to the university via expense free trips. I now look at it as this, if you want me to attend your institution, what are you going to provide me. It makes much more sense for me to go somewhere I can be stretched and not diseased. At the end of it all, we are going to die someday. I’d love to think we die of natural causes, but the United States of America is murdering people of color and slowly causing our own bodies to give out through the unnecessary stress and anxiety brought about.
I am an advocate of people interacting with those who they want, and I will add those who want to interact with them. So, I pose my question again, if you want more diversity in your community, what changes are you willing to make? Not just having discussions, not just adding positions. Tangible changes. Leadership at the core of the institution are the changes that need to be made.
I can respect someone who defines their culture and invites those who fit that culture to it. I can not respect those who defines their culture, invites everyone, and then says we support diversity. The fact that you have a defined culture means you in no way, shape, form, or fashion can support all parties involved.
I can respect someone who defines their culture and invites those who fit into that culture. When there is a want to invite others into this defined space, you must create a new definition of that culture.
It is a constant evolutionary process.