Fairfield University Students Hold a “Ghetto-Themed” Party

FairfieldStudents from Fairfield University in Connecticut held an off-campus “ghetto-themed” party. Photos posted on the internet showed students wearing baggy clothes, gold chains, and fake baby bumps while drinking 40-ounce beers. Published reports said that some students wore blackface to the party but the university was unable to verify the claim.

In a statement, Jeffrey P. von Arx said that “perpetuated racial stereotypes have no place in our community and only serve to offend and devalue people.”

In an official statement, the university stated  “We expect that our students, faculty and staff maintain the highest level of respect for one another. We will be investigating this matter immediately, and will take appropriate actions as soon as the facts have been determined.”

According to the latest U.S. Department of Education data, Fairfield University enrolls nearly 4,000 undergraduate students and 1,100 graduate students. African Americans are only 2 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Related Articles


  1. Let us continue to document and post (hopefully, someone is studying) these blatant racist acts because racism is Far from being over. I say document and post because the Millennial generation doesn’t believe an event occurred Unless they observe it on a social media outlet.
    Perhaps, it will be viewed as we lived it. Real and Relevant. A worthy opponent and adversary to continue to be pursued.
    *worthy=It is worth your effort.
    Yours in the struggle,
    Dr. Willing and Able

  2. Sadly, these types of functions have been happening on White campuses as long as there have been colleges. Every now and then, they get “exposed”. I’ve experienced such behavior during the 60s. until the 2000’s. One or two per year get exposed. Several others keep “hidden”. The beat continues, unfortunately.

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Alcorn State University Recruited for Federal Student Pathway Program for Careers in Public Service

The Pathway Public Service Program was established in 2019 to develop the next generation of diverse, qualified, and motivated public health servants. Over the past five years, the program has hired over 100 student interns.

Five Black Scholars Selected for New Faculty Positions

The five Black scholars who aer taking on new roles are Khadene Harris at Rice University in Houston, Nakia Melecio at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bettina Drake at Washington University in St. Louis, Arlette Ngoubene Atioky at Goucher College in Maryland, and Kandi Hill-Clarke at the University of Memphis.

Getty Images to Preserve Digital Photo Archives at Delaware State University

Currently, Delaware State University's photo archives contain thousands of photographs taken over the course of the university's 133 year history. Thanks to a new partnership with Getty Images, those images will be digitized and made available on gettyimages.com.

Porché Spence Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Advancing Diversity in Ecology

Dr. Spence currently serves as an assistant professor of environmental studies at North Carolina A&T State University. Throughout her career, she has developed several educational programs geared towards introducing students of color to environmental science fields.

Featured Jobs