Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This press release, written by Mike Kamen at Science Research Associates, Inc. (SRA) in Chicago, Illinois was in regards to Walter M. Carpenter's new position at SRA. Carpenter joined SRA as a stafff associate in the Middle Atlantic States after two…

Page 17 of a program for the June 1964 University of Richmond Commencement Ceremony. This page includes students receiving Masters of Science in Business Administration, Masters of Science in Business Education, and Masters of Commerce Degrees. Of…

This article, likely published in June 1964 in the Richmond News Leader,notes that the University of Richmond would be conferring a degree to a black student for the first time. The student was Walter Carpenter,a Petersburg resident and a civilian…

This June 6, 1964 article notes that the University of Richmond will for the first time be conferring a degree to a black student. The articles names Charles Carpenter (a mistake, the student's name was Walter Carpenter) as the student. It states…

In 1970, the Westhampton College Senate voted to end the ratting program. The Senate committee had conducted a study of the ratting program that found that students, faculty, and alumni favored an end to ratting. They proposed that ratting may be…

This announcement says that the first meeting of the Women's Lifestyle Committee will be on September 20th. It states that the purpose of the committee is "understanding men and women as partners in humanity rather than as rivals in their sexes." The…

This article looks back on the rules for men and women at the University of Richmond during the first half of the 20th century. The men's rules apply to "ratting" or a freshman hazing event in which freshmen "rats are full-time pledges to…

This article is subtitled "Blondes Take Honors in May Day Voting at Westhampton." It also says, "The one brunette is Alice Torbeck..." The article appears to highlight that the women's hair color is their most important attribute. May Day was a…

This article describes the May Day Court, specifically listing every member's physical appearance. It describes the queen as "a blonde English major," and other members as "the tall brunette," or the "lack-haired president of the class." May Day was…

As the drinking age rises after federal legislation, William Leftwich, Vice President of Student Affairs, believes the social scene on campus will change. To study and adapt to these changes, the faculty council is appointing a faculty committee to…
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