Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

U of Texas Panel Suggests Ways to Soothe Racial Tensions

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

U of Texas Panel Suggests Ways to Soothe Racial Tensions

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HOUSTON

A University of Texas panel seeking to end racial tensions on campus has recommended the university require sensitivity training for campus police and hire an administrator to promote campus diversity.

The 15-member task force, made up of students, faculty and staff, was appointed by UT President Larry Faulkner last March to identify solutions after minority students complained about numerous racial incidents on campus.

In its 37-page report released recently, the panel suggested naming a vice president for diversity and equity whose talc would be to promote and enhance diversity and to develop a plan to recruit and retain minority students, faculty and staff. It also suggested diversity training for campus police and a review of the department's racial profiling policy. Another recommendation was to develop required courses on a non-U.S, culture or courses on gender, race and class issues.

"We looked at a lot of statistics and talked to a lot of people and found a fundamental problem is people from various racial and ethnic backgrounds don't understand each other," said Dr. Darlene Grant, task force chairwoman and associate dean of graduate students. …

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