Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Initial Agreement to Compliance

Letter from David S. Seeley to George M. Modlin

"Letter from David S. Seeley to George M. Modlin"

Seeley Letter

A little less than a month later, Modlin received a letter from David S. Seeley, the Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). The letter acknowledged the receipt of Modlin’s signature on the Form HEW-441, Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Regulation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Modlin’s signature on the form implied that the University would comply with the regulations of the Civil Rights Act and HEW and work to integrate the University. This signing was a milestone, as the University had never had a black student on its main campus before this. Now, the University would have to not only not discriminate against black students in terms of admission, but make efforts to recruit black students as well as other students of color.

Initial Agreement to Compliance