Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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President Edward Ayers spoke about the University of Richmond's past during his 2008 inaugural speech, and retold the history of both colleges focusing on "stories about Richmond's first presidents, its Baptist roots, the first female students, and…

This 1992 Collegian article focuses on a symposium held by the brand new Jepson Leadership School to discuss what leadership is and how best to accomplish it in the Jepson curriculum. The focus was on diversity, and the main goal of the symposium was…

This University of Richmond Collegian article describes a Commission on Diversity spearheaded by University President Richard L. Morrill that intends to address “the problem of the minority experience” on campus. The article begins with a…

This article seeks to raise awareness for the concerning lack of student activism at the University of Richmond during a time when “student activism seems to be on the rise on some campuses throughout the nation.” Richard A. Mateer, Dean of…

This reports on an event called "Hands Around the Lake," which was part of Founder's Week and held in the Cannon Memorial Chapel. The event attracted a "moderate-sized crowd composed of students and faculty," with music, dancing, and speaking.…

This article reports that the University of Richmond was one of 6 colleges and universities to be awarded a $10,000 grant from the Prudential Insurance Co. of America intended to "expose students to diversity." The money was to be used to establish a…

Gregory T. Ricks, Multicultural Programmer for Stanford University, came to the University and remarked that "students here are too intelligent to be so ignorant." This article talks about that remarks and about Ricks, who went on to say that "it's…

This talks about programs at Georgia Tech that were meant to "develop a more culturally aware campus." This included new programs such as "black/white dialoguing," discussions with hall councils, an international film series, and a "summer institute…

This talks about the appointment of a new Associate Vice President for Students' Affairs, and the subsequent hiring of a full time staff member to "work toward increased minority recruitment and support programs." This discusses the current minority…

This is an editorial where the writer criticizes the University's curriculum and scholarship. The student talks about how the University offers "no specific courses in Islam or Shintoism or Buddhism." The student also mentions how the English…
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