Western Washington University (WWU) calls the amount of Caucasian people on campus a ‘failure,’ asks for ideas on how to have fewer whites in the future. Yes, the dreaded Caucasian!
- WWU’s marketing department asks “How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today?'”
- This question has been posed several times already by University President Bruce Shepard.
- President Shepard equates a “white” student body and faculty to “failure.”
The question, released through the communications and marketing department’s daily newsletter Western Today, comes on the heels of admonishments given in multiple convocation addresses by WWU President Bruce Shepard for the university’s “failure” to be less white.
“In the decades ahead, should we be as white as we are today, we will be relentlessly driven toward mediocrity; or, become a sad shadow of our current self.”
“Every year, from this stage and at this time, you have heard me say that, if in decades ahead, we are as white as we are today, we will have failed as university,” Shepard said in the 2012 speech.
Fox News commentator Todd Starnes is outraged by the president of Western Washington University’s deliberately provocative comment, which he has made at each of the school’s past six opening convocations, that “if we are as white in ten years as we are today, Western will have failed as a university.”
The president, Bruce Shepard, was referring to the fact that even though Western is a public university, its student body is disproportionately white compared to Washington state’s racial and ethnic composition and that diversity will improve students’ educational experience.
And in a recent blog post on WWU’s website, Shepard echoes these sentiments, saying those who do not agree “have not thought through the implications of what is ahead for us or, more perniciously, assume we can continue unchanged.”
“In the decades ahead, should we be as white as we are today, we will be relentlessly driven toward mediocrity; or, become a sad shadow of our current self,” he wrote.
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The six question survey, inspired by Shepard, is meant to combat a recent decline in Washington high school graduation numbers, the pool from which the university draws 90 percent of its students.
The university has already replaced standard performance reviews with sensitivity training and hosts workshops to better serve undocumented students. WWU also provides literature on how to better “recruit and retain faculty and staff of color.”
Campus Reform talked briefly to a spokesperson from the university who was hesitant to offer clarification to the controversial questionnaire.
While Shepard’s comments sparked outrage nationally, the issue hit closer to home for some, including Jeff Ogren, the father of a WWU freshman.
“[Shepard’s comments] are really offensive because I send basically $20,000 a year to this school and it makes me feel like my son doesn’t belong there,” he told Campus Reform in an interview. “It really makes me wonder what he’s going to do to get rid of the white students.”
Ogren saw the Western Today’s survey which asked “How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today?’” and responded to the question online.
“I asked, why not admit based on merit and character? Why is race a factor?” he said.
A few weeks later, he has still not received a response.
“I don’t feel really too great about sending my money to a school that doesn’t want my son to be there,” Ogren said.
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