The Black Student Alliance at the University of Virginia has produced a 27-page document entitled Towards a Better University. The authors of the report state that “the University of Virginia must take a lead on issues of diversity, inclusion, and racial equity in order to position itself as a model institution of higher learning. In order to achieve this goal, tangible changes must be implemented.”
Among the recommendations in the report are:
- Enhanced efforts to increase racial diversity among the student body and faculty. (The report notes that in 1991, Blacks were 12 percent of the undergraduate student body. In the fall of 2014, the figure was 6.1 percent. The report also states that between 2009 and 2014, the number of Black faculty at the University fell from 142 to 113.)
- The establishment of a capital campaign to benefit the construction of a permanent and proper slave memorial on campus.
- The awarding of departmental status for the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American Studies.
- Bias training for the campus police force.
- Enhanced diversity training for all entering students.
- An expansion and renovation of the Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center.