University Seeks To Limit Number Of White People On Campus

"There is still much work to do."

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo plans to increase diversity by capping the number of white people they have on campus to match the state's population of 39.7%.

According to The College Fix, the university released a 30-page report outlining plans to "improve diversity" by increasing the number of people of color on campus even though "applications from underrepresented minority students doubled between 2008 and 2018."

"In 2011, the campus was 63% Caucasian," the May 2 report informs readers, "in fall of 2017, it was less than 55% … but there is still much work to do."

This diversity initiative can be achieved by shaping the white population to meet the state's demographics.

"To further advance its goals of reflecting the demographics of California and creating a more diverse and inclusive campus community, Cal Poly administration has developed the following Diversity Action Initiatives document," the report states.

The College Fix has more:

In it, administration details a multi-year effort with dozens of initiatives, including ones to further lower the percentage of white students on campus and increase the number of faculty of color.

For students, the school plans on recruiting applicants more heavily based on race. For instance, the school has recently implemented several new scholarships "aimed at recruiting more African-American and other underrepresented minorities." It’s also working to recruit low-income and first-generation students by partnering with high schools that enroll a high percentage of these students, according to the report.

The college will also increase diversity in the "traditionally male-dominated majors" such as STEM and Architecture and Environmental Design, according to the document.

These diversity initiatives will even be applied to faculty and received $150,000 from the Cal State University system "for a cluster hire of up to 10 faculty positions that focus on diversity and inclusion in a variety of scholarly areas throughout the university’s six colleges."

This fall campus leaders will “require a diversity statement from candidates for all faculty and staff searches."


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