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They represent the official black student union group at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). They are angry and members of the Black Bruins have come forward to expose something that is lacking at the university: racial diversity. Led by Sy Stokes, these young black men want to see change and for them, it starts with a recently posted video on Youtube.
In an explosive video narrated by Stokes (who is of Black, Cherokee Indian and Chinese descent) and backed by 10 black male students, current statistics were unleashed regarding the enrollment and graduation rates of African-Americans, and specifically black men, at UCLA.
Posted by The Huffington Post:
“According to the school’s enrollment statistics, African-Americans make up 3.8 percent of the student population. In the video, Stokes points out that black males make up 3.3 percent of the male student population, and that 65 percent of those black males are undergraduate athletes. Of the incoming men in the freshmen class, only 1.9 percent of them were black.”
Stokes admitted that he wanted to leave the university during his freshman year because he wasn’t comfortable there. While he eventually found a community to call “his own,” Sy Stokes knew that it was time to bring awareness to the lack of enrollment of minorities. That’s how the ideo of the video was introduced to other members of the Black Bruins.
The vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Janina Montero sent a statement to The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s newspaper, in response to an interview Stokes did with them. in It, she says:
“We certainly recognize that the low numbers of African Americans and other underrepresented students on campus does lead to a sense of isolation and invisibility. It is difficult to eliminate this painful imbalance without considering race in the admissions process.”
Affirmative Action was deemed unlawful in California back in 1996.
Stokes says he has received negative comments and hate mail since posting the video but he’s fine with it.
“It doesn’t matter how much hate I get, just as long as someone is talking about it.”
Make sure you check out the video. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
With the recession still an ongoing reality for so many, there is not only a decrease in job opportunities, but graduate school enrollment as well. The New York Times reports that the decline from 2009 to 2010 came despite an 8.4 percent increase in applications and a 5.5 percent increase in enrollment from the previous year.
According to the Council of Graduate Schools, “this is the first decline in first-time graduate enrollment since 2003.” It takes place most noticeably among the business, education and public administration program degrees, the council’s president, Debra W. Stewart, observes.
Historically the trend has been the weaker the economy, the higher the graduate school enrollment, but Stewart believes people are now cautious to leave their jobs to go back to school fearing that they may not have a job waiting for them once they’ve completed their degree.
In addition, the high cost of tuition has also caused many prospective students to reconsider, and turn to other alternatives to professional advancement. Many businesses once paid for employees to earn a graduate degree, but with budget and benefit cuts, there is most likely a cutback in sending employees back to school.
The council’s report observed a faster growing doctoral program enrollment than either master’s or certificate programs. Over 60 percent of the first time graduate students chose public institutions and 58 percent were women. In the 2009-2010 school year, women seemed to dominate the entirety of the graduate school numbers. Women comprised about two-thirds of the students who earned graduate certificates, 60 percent of those that earned master’s degrees and 52 percent of the number who earned a doctorate.
Graduate enrollment is up an overall 1.1 percent with 1.75 million students. The shrinking numbers only accounted for domestic enrollment. There was a 1.2 percent decrease, with black student enrollment falling by over 8 percent. Hispanic student enrollment however, grew to about 5 percent. International graduate student enrollment also grew 4.7 percent.
“Higher education and, increasingly, graduate education are what drives prosperity,” Steward told the NY Times.
“If we get to the point where only people with significant bank accounts can afford graduate education, the country is doomed.”