Racial Disparity in UMW Varsity Athletics

By MILEN MEHARI

Staff Writer

Black students at the University of Mary Washington are disproportionately represented in the athletics program. This is clear to see when glancing at some varsity sports rosters. Take for instance the UMW men’s basketball team; more than half of their roster is ostensibly Black. In contrast, Black students make up 6% of the student population. Continue reading “Racial Disparity in UMW Varsity Athletics”

Independent Study Courses Are Just an Excuse For The University Not to Offer Certain Classes

By MILEN MEHARI

Staff Writer

During my three years at the University of Mary Washington, I have declared and switched five different majors and minors. I am not indecisive, just hyper-conscious of my right to curate my academic career. As a rising senior, I am majoring in English and women and gender studies (WGST) and minoring in digital studies. Continue reading “Independent Study Courses Are Just an Excuse For The University Not to Offer Certain Classes”

Disparity of Race Distribution In University Faculty and Staff

By MILEN MEHARI

Staff Writer

I am a Black student attending the University of Mary Washington, a predominately white institution, so naturally my woes of racial inequity are to be expected. I did not come to this university disillusioned, expecting an experience resembling that of an HBCU, historically Black college/university, because the disparity is quite clear. Consider the 2015 academic year wherein students of color made up 30 percent of the student body while professors of color were only 17.5 percent of the teaching staff. Furthermore, the only significant Black and Brown staff presence is either in the dining hall, cleaning or clerical staff.

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