Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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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…

This a letter describing a faculty meeting on April 22nd in which the faculty passed a motion to appoint a committee to study whether sororities would be beneficial to campus life. The University Faculty Council chose to make a committee of faculty…

This Collegian article describes the Women's Lifestyle Committee's annual "Lifestyles Conference," which was held from January 27-29 in the winter of 1978. The theme of 1978 was "Partners in Humanity." The article subtly hints at the state of gender…

Pi Kappa Alpha's description in The Web 1983 features the phrase "once you go Black you never go back" that promotes stereotypes about interracial relationships.

A description of Halloween in The Web 1980 describes students dressed as "Ku Klux Klan members and oil-seeking Arabs." During the week before Halloween, students were also "lectured to on rape prevention." Several students are depicted in culturally…
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