Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Introduction of Black Sororities

Initial steps of chartering a historically black sororities

Once historically white sororities were brought to the University of Richmond, many black students believed that it was the appropriate time to charter historically black sororities. The rich history behind historically black sororities were argued to be a dominant reason for this proposal, but many women of color struggled to find space for themselves in existing historically white sororities. Although the question of chartering black sororities first took place alongside discussions about white sororities, administrators and faculty believed that the existing historically white sororities would “encompass” all women without any forms of segregation.

Tensions surrounding bringing black sororities to campus (push back and delays)

As students fought for historically black sororities to come to campus, students around campus responded in various ways. To claims of racism at the University of Richmond, many white students were infuriated and wrote lengthy opinion pieces in response. Minority Student Union (MSU) members expressed concern and frustration at the lack of social progress amongst fellow students on campus. Students call out the biased attitudes of university administrators, faculty, and students that stunted the development of more inclusive organizations, such as chartering black sororities. To add fuel to fire, the University of Richmond delayed the chartering of black sororities on campus under claims that the “organizational process is taking longer than expected.”

A Richmond College student expresses their anger at an opinion piece written by fellow student Harvey Whitney. Tensions surrounding social inclusion at the university is blatant in this opinion piece written by a white student responding to claims of racism on campus.

Racial diversity is critiqued and discussed in this article as the University of Richmond fails to properly educate it’s students on matters related to race and racism. A Richmond College student expresses concern in the “biased attitudes” that many white students have on campus.

The “organizational process” of chartering historical black sororities, Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha, is taking longer than expected. Although some students who are interviewed are “glad of the time delay,” this falls as an inconvenience to students who wish to quickly charter the sororities.

Approval of chartering black sororities

Introduction of Black Sororities