Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Stetson Law Professor Criticizes School's Lack of Diversity. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Stetson Law Professor Criticizes School's Lack of Diversity. (Noteworthy News)

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GULFPORT, FLA.

A White professor at Stetson University's College of Law is attacking the school's record on recruiting minority students, and believes school officials are punishing him for his opinion.

An article written by Mark Brown, 43, was published in Temple University's law review and contends that Stetson has achieved nothing but "token success" in the area of campus integration.

Brown's article claims that Stetson Law's Black enrollment has remained steady at 5 percent to 7 percent for nearly a decade, while some other Florida law schools have nearly three times as many Black students.

"Stetson's Black enrollment remains last among law schools to this day," Brown wrote.

Many students at Stetson Law are applauding the article, while others are questioning Brown's motivation for writing the piece. School officials insist they are actively recruiting minority applicants.

"Someone finally said it formally," Yvette Lopez, a 28-year-old Hispanic and recent Stetson grad, told the St. Petersburg Times. "With us, we know what it's like. …

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