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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1988 - Page 17

FACULTY

fMinority

faculty

ranks

grow

RN VERONICA WOOLRIDGE
The University has hired 12 new
lack faculty members for the com-
ing year, more than any previous
year, according to a provost's report
on the minority affairs agenda.
faculty The report said
the University will
probably hire six
more minority fac-
ulty, with 12 addi-
tional offers under
negotiation.
THE NEW faculty were hired
under a million-dollar Target of Op-
portunity program initiated by for-
mer Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs - and new Uni-
versity President - James Duder-
stadt.
The program provides University
schools and colleges additional funds
to hire new faculty - even if they
don't have open positions available
- so they can intensify minority
recruiting efforts.
After the report was released, Al-
don Morris, associate professor of
siociology and a tenured Black faculty
member, said the University should
be commended for its efforts.
Morris said far more new minori-
ties need to be hired and recruited in
order to "turn around the degree to
which U of M's image has been tar-
nished."
MORRIS SAID he believes
the University has made hiring mi-
nority faculty a priority because of
negative publicity from recent stu-
dent protests against campus racism.
* "There is no doubt that the social
protest in the spring this semester
has played a major role in high-
lighting the extent of underrep-

expansion of affirmative actions re-
cruitment sources for minority and
female faculty, and new tenure and
tenure-track appointments.
BUT MORRIS, who will
leave this fall for Northwestern Uni-
versity, said despite changes in the
University, raising a family in
mostly-white Ann Arbor can pose a
problem for Black professors.
"Ann Arbor is, a predominantly
white suburb and questions are con-
stantly being raised... Is it fair to
have your family, yourself, and
children cut off from real issues (ol
heritage and culture)?" Morris said.
There are now 128 minority fac
ulty members, constituting 8.2 per
cent of the total senior faculty ranks
according to the University's 1987-
1988 Affirmative Action report.
ANOTHER Affirmative Action
report said that of 32,095 students
enrolled at the Ann Arbor campus
last fall, 27,528 were white, 1,803
were Asian, 1,734 were Black, 677
were Hispanic, 129 were Native
American, and 224 were unknown.
The report read, "Compared to
white students, a smaller proportion
of Black and Hispanic freshpersons
ultimately graduate from the
University of Michigan," while the
white graduation rate has continued
to improve.
The University has developed
programs to accelerate minority stu-
dent recruitment and retention, in-
cluding the Martin Luther King
Jr./Cesar Chavez/Rosa Parks Col-
lege Day program, incentive scho-
larships, concerted efforts by the ad-
missions office to reach out to
prospective minorities high school
students, and the Visiting Minority
Scholar program.

resentation of Blacks on campus, the
state of Michigan and the nation,"
Morris said.
On April 17, a front-page article
called "Campus Blacks Feel
Racism's Nuances" in the New York
Times focused on the University, as
did a 60-minute PBS Frontline
documentary two weeks later. The
documentary, "Racism 101," de-
picted what Frontline Executive

Producer David Fanning called, "a
disturbing portrait of racism and
prejudice among young people."
After students protested racism on
campus in spring 1987, the Univer-
sity resolved to provide budgetary
incentives to attract and retain Black
faculty and administrators.
"IT'S BETTER late than
never," said Kelly Johnson, a Resi-
dential College sophomore, of the

new hirings. She said the increase in
minority faculty will give first year
minority students an advantage she
did not have.
Currently, Johnson said the most
contact she has with minority fac-
ulty is through organizations such as
the Comprehensive Studies Pro-
gram, which helps minorities with
academics.
A recent study comparing Michi-
gan to its predominantly white peer
institutions - Ivy League colleges,
the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
t3;
PASS
IT
AROUND!

nology, University of California-
Berkeley and Stanford - said
Michigan's three percent-Black fac-
ulty was one of the highest percent-
ages.
The University has also attempted
to increase minority faculty through
the Martin Luther King Jr./Cesar
Chavez/Rosa Parks Visiting Profes-
sorships, Rackham programs to in-
crease the nool of 1ack Ph.D's: the

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