The term “minority” has become an oxymoron, recent census data show. Yet people of color are subjected to institutional racism that keeps them at a disadvantage to whites, according to panelists at a recent forum held at SUNY New Paltz.The United University Professions sponsored a forum held on Feb. 27 that brought together SUNY New Paltz faculty and students to discuss institutional racism, diversity and affirmative action.By the year 2043, people of color will make up a majority of the United States population for the first time, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Continue reading here.
“To deny the reality of race leads to the utter fallacy of colorblindness and suggests an America that is race free.”
-Dr. Karanja Carroll
Karanja Carroll, associate professor of the Black Studies Department at SUNY New Paltz, discusses the lack of black male students and provides a few racially-conscious remedies on behalf of institutions of higher education.
Major Coleman, associate professor and chair of the Black Studies Department. In a recent campus discussion, Coleman spoke about the race trends in America and how our nation may not be prepared for future race relations.
Chanel Ward is the director of The Scholar’s Mentorship Program on the SUNY New Paltz campus. She recently joined a panel to discuss the meaning of diversity. In her opinion, the term in itself is problematic.
Opinion: Growing Up Privileged
I’m used to tokenism. I come from a small town. All throughout elementary school, I was the only person of color in my classes. In the entire school, including my brother and myself, there were about seven of us. I was used to all of my friends being white. It was normal to me.
When I entered the middle school, I was placed in advanced-level classes. These classes were filled with kids who were deemed “the smart kids.”
Opinion: I am ‘Other’
I am ‘other.’ Being an individual with an equally divided ration of two separate identities, I am not alone as “other.” According to a 2010 Census Bureau report, 9 million people reported as identifying as more than one race. As a Colombian and Croatian, I fall into that 3 percent of the United States.
I never thought of myself as one ethnicity over the other but when I filled out college applications or documents, I always found myself at a crossroad.
“Coming to this campus was a bit of a surprise because it’s a campus that prides itself on its commitment to diversity. I don’t question that commitment, but more times than not, I’m looking around in my classes and I’m the only, if not one of the few people of color.” -Josette Ramnani
L. David Eaton
The Vice-President of Enrollment Management tries explain enrollment trends over the past 10 years. As Chief Enrollment Officer for SUNY New Paltz, Eaton is responsible for the enrollment process which includes recruitment and enrollment to revenue collection and certification for degree conferral.
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Op-Ed: Jonathan Espinosa
This message is directed to the students and faculty of this college, and also its administrators who are delegated to implement and sustain a mission of “diversity.” The same administration that has yet to admit that the twelve-year decline in the black student population at SUNY New Paltz is a problem.